You likely know when you need to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has annual maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start looking 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 time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research in advance is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates 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 until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed 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 furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give D.A. Bennett Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, D.A. Bennett Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so call us and discover how much you can save!