You may know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and cooling 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 seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace 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 don’t have the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment 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 tax 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 cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help locate local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than 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 each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive 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 go out and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!