You likely know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. However, what about your furnace?
If your heating equipment has annual maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age, it is really a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be running fine, it is ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you are so desperate you do not have the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it is also critical to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct system that it is installed in.
Another reason you want to research ahead of time is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying heating and cooling equipment – but it is only through the end of 2016 and has not been confirmed past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your region :https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.
If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and toasty, give Sea Heating and Air Conditioning a call and take advantage of our furnace special! We would be happy to serve you and show you how much you can save!