How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

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

If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also crucial to consider 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 system that it’s installed in. 

Another reason you need to research in advance is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific 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 region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder

One thing to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can typically repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement. 

If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and toasty, give Stevenson Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Stevenson Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying heating and cooling systems so call us and find out how much you can save! 

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