You may know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has annual maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your equipment 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 considering new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. This year, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to consider if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a section 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 examine 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 positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so call us and ask about how much you can save!