You probably know when it’s time to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter should be replaced each month. 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 working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating system with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously 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 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 discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a furnace – replace 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 paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Levy & Son Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Levy & Son Service Experts is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!
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