You likely know when it’s time to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?
If your furnace has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to think about if your system 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 component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating equipment will exceed the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into 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 a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so contact us and find out how much you can save!