You may know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning 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 furnace?
If your heating system has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s best to start looking now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible 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 consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research beforehand 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 certain 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 discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to take under advisement if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating equipment will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so call us and find out how much you can save!