You likely know when it’s time to replace most things 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 need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your furnace?
If your furnace has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, 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 heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start doing your research 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 the luxury of time and research. When considering 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. 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 earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair a furnace – replace a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Peachtree Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Peachtree Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so call us and find out how much you can save!
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