You likely know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every decade. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also critical to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand 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 certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover 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 debating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed 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 consider replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Strand Brothers Service Experts is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!