You may know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research in advance is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t positive 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 come out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so contact us and find out how much you can save!