You probably know when you should replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating system has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start considering replacing your heating system with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s ideal to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research ahead of time is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair heating equipment – change a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying heating and cooling systems so call us and find out how much you can save!