You likely know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning 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 decade. But what about your heating equipment?
If your heating system has routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 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 a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When considering new furnace options it’s also critical to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically 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 you want to research in advance is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to take under advisement if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and then 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 heating equipment’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Parker Pearce Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Parker Pearce Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying heating and cooling systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!