You may know when it’s time to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has annual 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 an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be running fine, it’s better 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 can’t properly look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. This year, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help locate local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so call us and ask about how much you can save!