You may know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has annual maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating system with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also important to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can get 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 approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so call us and find out how much you can save!