You likely know when you should replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to 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 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start looking now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research ahead of time is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates 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 through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace each season, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Rolf Griffin Service Experts is providing discounts on specific HVAC systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!