You may know when you need to replace most products in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows require replacement 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 working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start considering replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start looking now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also critical to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand 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 specific heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can typically repair heating equipment – swap out 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 at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Falso Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Falso Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!