How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?
You probably know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your heating equipment?
If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system 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 don’t have the luxury of time and research. When considering new furnace options it’s also crucial to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.
Another reason you want to research beforehand 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 certain heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
One thing to take under advisement if your system 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 normally repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace 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 warm, give Winnipeg Supply Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Winnipeg Supply Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying HVAC systems so give us a call and find out how much you can save!