You likely know when you should replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?
If your furnace has routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating system with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be working fine, it’s ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When considering new furnace options it’s also important to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research ahead of time is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can get 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 approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair heating equipment – change a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system 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 consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is providing discounts on specific HVAC systems so call us and discover how much you can save!
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