You may know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should 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 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating system with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be working fine, it’s ideal to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system 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 considering new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously 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 to research ahead of time 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 qualifying heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help locate local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and cozy, give A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!