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 must be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your furnace 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 contemplating 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 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 tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to consider if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair heating equipment – replace a part here, fix a section there – but in the end 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 repairing your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Comfort Masters Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Comfort Masters Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so call us and discover how much you can save!