How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You may know when you should replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?

If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system 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 consider 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 in advance is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Another thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the winter safe and warm, give Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so contact us and find out how much you can save!

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