You likely know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has routine 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 thinking about replacing your heating system with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s better 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 time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also important to think about 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 equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to take under advisement if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating equipment will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!