How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

You may know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. 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 annual maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a deep 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 crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in. 

Another reason you want to research in advance is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder

Something to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed 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 an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement. 

If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and warm, give Stevenson Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Stevenson Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save! 

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