You likely know when you should replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating equipment has annual maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s really 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 utility costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be operating fine, it’s best to start looking now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair a furnace – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating equipment will outweigh the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so call us and discover how much you can save!