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During the winter months, we rely heavily on our furnaces to provide us with warmth, comfort and safety. Is your furnace ready for the upcoming winter? If you gave that question a second thought, consider contacting an HVAC company to inspect your unit.

If your unit is aging, inefficient or required repairs last heating season, this could be the winter it finally gives out for good. To prevent a sudden breakdown during the middle of winter, consider upgrading to a new, high-efficient furnace today. You can recoup some of the costs of new installation with lower energy bills and fewer repairs.

At A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical, we’ve been in business since 1981. In that time we’ve completed a wide range of installation projects, helping home and business owners find their ideal heating systems. We’re proud to offer a full line of Lennox furnaces that are reliable, safe to operate and capable of providing your family with years of comfort. Contact A-1 United today to schedule an appointment for furnace installation in Council Bluffs, IA.

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Not sure whether your furnace needs repair, maintenance or a full furnace replacement? Deciding whether to repair or replace your unit can be a tough decision for the untrained homeowner, and we’re here to help! If you notice any of the following signs, consider upgrading your furnace with an efficient model from Lennox:

Furnace Is Older Than 15 Years

Like all mechanical devices, furnaces do have a shelf life, typically around 15-20 years if regular maintenance was performed. Even if your older unit still runs, it likely is much less efficient than it once was, leading to higher energy bills and occasional repairs.

Rising Energy Bills

Skyrocketing energy bills are a tell-tale sign that your furnace is aging and inefficient and replacement is warranted. If your home’s energy bills are significantly higher than a year ago, contact A-1 United to come out and inspect the unit and offer honest advice about your options.

Frequent Repairs

Is your HVAC technician on speed dial due to frequent furnace repairs? If so, consider putting your hard-earned money toward the purchase of a new, high-efficient furnace instead.

Strange Noises

Furnaces are relatively quiet when they run cycles, so if your furnace suddenly makes strange, loud noises, it could indicate a broken or loose part. Depending on other factors such as the age of the unit and its condition, talk to an HVAC professional about your options for furnace repair vs. replacement.

Uneven Heat

Hot or cold spots in different rooms of your home may be an indication that your furnace is isn’t as efficient as it could be. At the same time, it could also be a sign there are issues with your ductwork or the thermostat, so contact a reputable HVAC technician to find the source of the problem.

What Are the Benefits of Buying a New Furnace?

If you’re on the fence about whether to purchase a new furnace, consider some of the following benefits of upgrading:

  • Increased savings. As we mentioned, new technology has made newer furnaces much more energy efficient. Replacing your existing system with a new model will save you significantly on your monthly energy bills, especially if you stay on top of routine furnace maintenance.
  • Improved comfort. New furnaces provide more even, powerful heating to keep you and your family warm and comfortable, even on the coldest days.
  • Increased safety. Newer furnaces come with loads of safety features. New units are also much less likely to develop water leaks or carbon monoxide leaks due to a cracked heat exchanger.
  • Improved air quality. Old units tend to accumulate more dust, particles and soot. A new unit may help improve your home’s indoor air quality.

If you’re ready for a more comfortable home during the winter, contact the HVAC professionals at A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical today. We’d be happy to inspect your current furnace and make an honest recommendation about the best path forward. Contact us today at 402-593-7500 to request a free quote for a new furnace.


Richard Hayes


Rich started his HVAC career in 2000. His experience is in the repair and maintenance of commercial and residential HVAC units, with some time as an installation technician. In 2015 he joined the A-1 United team as a service technician, and in 2017 he became the A-1 United Service Manager. Rich is fully licensed, EPA, NATE, and Unlimited Masters license. He exerts a great deal of effort into ensuring his technicians can provide our customers with reliable and quality service with continued education and training.

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Great job by all. They were careful of the landscape replacing the A/C unit. Inside the heating system was replaced and the fit and finish was great. Explained the operation of everything. They came back two weeks later and checked out the operation of the systems plus installation. The tech was here over an hour checking out everything. New system is quiet. This is a company that care about its customer. We highly recommend A-1.