You may know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has annual maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment 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 heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal 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 the luxury of time and research. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also crucial to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Right now, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to think about 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 normally repair heating equipment – replace a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season 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 suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so contact us and find out how much you can save!
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