You probably know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has annual 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 upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your furnace 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 critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a section there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give Service Experts Commercial HVAC a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Commercial HVAC is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!