How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?
You may know when it’s time to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has routine 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 thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start doing your research 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 significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research in advance is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and cozy, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!
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