You may know when it’s time to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter should be replaced each month. 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 annual maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating system with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to 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 dramatically affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research ahead of time 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 certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair heating equipment – 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 examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to think about 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 system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so call us and find out how much you can save!