You likely know when you need to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating system with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system 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 seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace 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 a yearly basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating system’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 visit your home and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!