You probably know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be working fine, it’s ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your equipment 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 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 duct system 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 specific heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and then you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace 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 winter safe and toasty, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!