You likely know when it’s time to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every ten years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating system 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 an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s best 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 the luxury of time and research. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct system 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. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help locate local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to consider if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Bob Brown Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Bob Brown is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!