You likely know when you need to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?
If your heating system has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking 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 considering new furnace options it’s also critical 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 equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research in advance is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can receive 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 approved past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to think about if your furnace 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 normally repair a furnace – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace 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 toasty, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying heating and cooling systems so call us and discover how much you can save!