You probably know when you should replace most things 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 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating system has yearly 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 thinking about replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be operating fine, it’s best to start looking into your options 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 time to 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 heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Right now, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Norrell Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Norrell Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!