You probably know when you should replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s better 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 contemplating new furnace options it’s also critical 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. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason 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 certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and that’s when 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 furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!
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