You probably know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably 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 utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s best to start looking 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 contemplating new furnace options it’s also crucial to take into account 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 to research in advance is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to consider if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when 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 positive about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Peachtree Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Peachtree Service Experts is providing discounts on specific HVAC systems so call us and discover how much you can save!