You likely know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your heating equipment?
If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long 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 think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research in advance 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 through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures 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 options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so call us and discover how much you can save!