How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

You probably know when it’s time to replace most products 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 must be replaced every decade. But what about your furnace? 

If your heating equipment has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your furnace 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 important to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in. 

Another reason to research in advance 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 until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder

One thing to consider if your furnace 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 typically repair heating equipment – change a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine 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 furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and toasty, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so call us and ask about how much you can save! 

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