You probably know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your heating equipment has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start considering replacing your heating system with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start looking 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 time to look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the 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. Currently, you can get 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. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your equipment 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 normally repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a component 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 think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and toasty, give BW/Cook Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, BW/Cook Service Experts is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!