You may know when you need 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 8-10 years. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has annual maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating system 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 system still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start doing your research 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 thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly 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 to research ahead of time 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 specific heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair heating equipment – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating system’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and toasty, give Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so contact us and discover how much you can save!