You likely 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 need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start doing your research 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 the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. This year, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to think about if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and warm, give Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!