How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

You may know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system? 

If your heating system has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s best to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your equipment 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 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 energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in. 

Another reason you need to research in advance is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. This year, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help locate local rebates available in your region : 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 the amount of money you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement. 

If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Stevenson Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Stevenson Service Experts is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save! 

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