You probably 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 should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your heating system has annual maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking into your options 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 time to look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, 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 confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a section there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and then you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and cozy, give Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Abbey Air Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so contact us and find out how much you can save!