You likely know when it’s time to replace most products 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 should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has yearly maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your equipment 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 take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help locate local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the winter safe and cozy, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!