You likely know when it’s time to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC 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 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system 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 appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start looking now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also important to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously 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 to research ahead of time is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling 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 region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to consider if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but eventually 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 on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!