You probably know when you should replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good shape, 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 properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running 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 crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system 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 tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate 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 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 component there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your heating system’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Calverley Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Calverley is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!