You may know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?
If your heating system has yearly maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system 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 properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s better 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 don’t have the luxury of time and research. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also crucial 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 duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason to research in advance is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive 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 confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help locate 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 contemplating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair a furnace – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and then you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Comfortech Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Comfortech Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!