You may know when it’s time to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning 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 ten years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your heating system has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When considering new furnace options it’s also important to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research in advance is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Right now, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to think about if your furnace 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 typically repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and then you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and cozy, give Calverley Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Calverley Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!