You likely know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has seasonal 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 contemplating replacing your heating system with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, 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 ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, 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 approved past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace 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 a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give All American Air Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, All American Air is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!