Illinois winters are brutal. Between subzero wind chills and lake-effect storms, Lake Zurich homeowners have to be prepared. One of the most important preparations is to ensure that your furnace performs optimally until the weather warms up. If your heater is approaching its use-by date, there is an ever-present possibility that it will give out after winter gets underway. In that case, you’ll have to repair it or replace it. Here are some things to consider if you find yourself in that unpleasant position:

Do You Want To Invest In Aging Equipment?

Heaters typically operate for 16-20 years. If your heater is about that age and it breaks down, it’s probably more cost-effective to replace it. Although fixing an older heater costs less, you’ll still be investing in obsolete equipment. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the heater will make it through the winter, even if you pay for some pricey repair work.

Would You Rather Be Safe Or Sorry?

The State of Illinois recommends that homeowners begin shopping for a new heater when the existing unit is 15-20 years old. The State also advises that if your unit is over 10 years old, and it requires $500 or more in repairs, your best bet is replacement. If your older heater has needed frequent repairs over the last few years, and it now needs yet another fix, it’s time to replace it. If you live in Lake Zurich, you don’t have to be told that taking chances with an older heating system is a very bad idea.

Benefits Of Furnace Installation

If you’re considering furnace installation, your timing could not be better. Modern furnaces come with state-of-the-art features, and when you install a high-efficiency heating system before the end of 2016, you’ll qualify for up to $300 in federal tax credits. You’ll also become eligible for state and local energy-efficient financial incentives.

To learn how much you could save on a Lake Zurich furnace installation, visit Martin Enterprises Heating and Air Conditioning or call 847-719-8442 to schedule a residential heating consultation.