You may know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has routine maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating system with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating system 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 long 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 important to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system 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 manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. This year, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a component there – but at some point 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 having to repair your furnace each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Climate Control Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Climate Control Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!