You probably know when you should replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?
If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s best to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a long 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 significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research in advance is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified 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 think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can typically repair heating equipment – replace a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!