You probably know when it’s time to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has routine maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also crucial to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair a furnace – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating equipment will outweigh the cost of replacing it and that’s when 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 freezing temperatures safe and warm, give Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so call us and ask about how much you can save!