You probably know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating system has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s best to start looking now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a deep 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 take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new heating system is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, 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 approved past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to consider if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair heating equipment – change a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly 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 cozy, give Hammond Home Services by Enercare a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Hammond Plumbing & Heating by Service Experts is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!