You probably know when it’s time to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s best to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also important to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research ahead of time is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help find local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating equipment will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!