How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?
You probably know when you need to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems 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 can’t properly look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also crucial to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research ahead of time 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 qualifying heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help locate local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to consider 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 a furnace – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about 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 heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and toasty, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!
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