You probably know when you should replace most things 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 should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly 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 seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to consider 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 a furnace – replace 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 then 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 sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so call us and find out how much you can save!