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 need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your heating system has routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment 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 deep freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also critical to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct system 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. This year, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating equipment will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider 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 furnace’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 options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!