You likely know when you should replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also crucial to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating system’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on specific HVAC systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!