How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You probably know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?

If your heating system has routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start considering replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system 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 crucial to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously 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 want to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Visit this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Something to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

If you aren’t sure about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Strand Brothers Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!

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