How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

You likely know when it’s time to replace most products 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 must be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating equipment? 

If your heating equipment has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be operating fine, it’s best to start looking 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 crucial to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in. 

Another reason you want to research in advance is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC 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 area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder

Something to take under advisement if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement. 

If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so call us and discover how much you can save! 

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