You likely know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning 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 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your furnace has routine maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. New heating equipment 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. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to consider if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so call us and discover how much you can save!
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