You may know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start considering replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s best 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 can’t properly look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new furnace is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!