You may know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. 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 ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your equipment 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 contemplating new furnace options it’s also crucial to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace 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 credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Becht/Givens Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Becht/Givens Service Experts is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so call us and ask about how much you can save!