You probably know when it’s time to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start looking now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research ahead of time 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 specific heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to take under advisement 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 normally repair a furnace – replace a part here, fix a component there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying heating and cooling systems so call us and discover how much you can save!