You likely know when it’s time to replace most items 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 need to be replaced every decade. But what about your heating equipment?
If your heating system has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly 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 seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research ahead of time is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help locate local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can typically repair heating equipment – change a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace 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 think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and toasty, give Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!