Autumn is almost here, and it’s time to start getting your furnace ready for winter. This preparation usually includes a seasonal tune-up, cleaning the vents and grills for safer circulation, and a test run before the first freeze. But if your furnace is near the end of its lifespan and it’s getting too expensive to maintain, schedule a replacement in advance of weather changes. Here are three reasons to find a local service provider to install a new furnace:

1. Local companies know which models are right for your area.

Every region has slightly different heating needs. Rhode Island winters aren’t just cold. The weather patterns are disrupted by proximity to the ocean. National service providers that are unfamiliar with the area often have standardized equipment suggestions and procedures that might not be the best fit. Local companies can make suggestions based on the best fuel types, features, and power needs for your neighborhood. They even take your house’s construction into consideration so you have safe air flow and thorough heating without cold patches.

2. Local businesses can be onsite faster.

If a sudden freeze catches you off-guard, you might not be able to wait for the weather to clear up before getting your furnace replaced. Companies that are headquartered just a few streets away can make it to your front door faster to inspect your furnace and make any possible repairs. They can also source replacement parts and even new units faster so your total time without heating is shorter.

3. Customer service matters.

If you need a new furnace, the last thing you want is to be put on hold or on a long list of service calls. If your furnace repair company is part of your community, then you know that customer service is an important part of their business model. You should feel comfortable asking questions, clarifying differences between model types, and getting detailed information.

McKee Energy Solutions has offices in Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, and Smithfield. Contact us here to schedule an installations appointment or ask questions about your current furnace.