You probably know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your furnace?
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 thinking about replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be working fine, it’s ideal to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your equipment 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 contemplating 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 comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research in advance is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so call us and ask about how much you can save!