You likely know when you need 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 ten years. But what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility 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 can’t properly look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system 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. This year, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before 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.
Something to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can typically repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating equipment will outweigh the cost of replacing it and then you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.
If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give D&K Home Services by Enercare a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, D & K Home Services is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!