You probably know when you should replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s best to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a deep 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 consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you need to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain 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 discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
Something to take under advisement 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 usually repair a furnace – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.
If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Komfort Air a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Komfort Air is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!