You probably know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating system has routine 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 correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start looking 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 thinking about new furnace options it’s also crucial to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly 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 want to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find 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 debating replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and cozy, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!
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