You likely know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your heating system has yearly maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When considering new furnace options it’s also important to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically 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 in advance is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Wesley Wood Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Wesley Wood is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so call us and find out how much you can save!