How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You may know when it’s time to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating equipment?

If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s best to start looking 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 contemplating 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 energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.

Another reason to research ahead of time is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

One thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace 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 having to repair your furnace on an annual basis, 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 warm, give Air Engineers Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Air Engineers Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!

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