You probably know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?
If your furnace has routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Another thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and then you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Levy & Son Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Levy & Son is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!