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Considerations for Upgrading or Replacing Your Heating System

Joe DiPietro of DiPetro Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical discusses how upgrading or replacing your heating system can increase its efficiency and save you money in the long run.

John: Hi, I’m John Maher. I’m here today with Joe DiPietro, President of DiPietro Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical. Today we’re talking about considerations for upgrading or replacing your heating system. Welcome, Joe.

Joe: Hi, John.

When Homeowners Should Consider an Upgrade or Replacement of Their Heating System

John: Joe, when should a homeowner consider upgrading or replacing a heating system?

Joe: Mass Save has basically made the determination that a forced hot air style heating system, should be replaced after 12 years of service. A forced hot water system should be replaced after 30 years of service.

Will a New Heating System Save Money?

John: Okay. Is a new heating system going to save me money in the long term and how long will that take?

Joe: Definitely. If you think of anything 12 years ago with technology, [things get more efficient over time.] [For example,] look [at] your cell phone. Same thing with heating systems. The best efficiency that you could get when these things were made was 80%. Now, you’ll see heating systems going all the way up to 98% efficiency.

John: That’s going to save me money on my energy bills?

Joe: Yes, for sure. Most likely, if your system’s older than 12 years old, it’s probably only 80% efficient. Right off the bat, you can save almost 20% off your fuel bill right there alone.

When to Upgrade or Replace your Heating System

John: When is the best time to replace a heating system in my home?

Joe: Usually, that’s around the fall time. The rebates are usually the best around then. Mass Save will have a $1000 free furnace. Remember we said before, 12 years for a furnace and 30 years for the boiler?

John: Right.

Joe: If your furnace is over 12 years old, they’ll give you a thousand dollars to replace that piece of equipment. For a boiler, it’s actually $3,500 as long as you go with the high efficiency piece of equipment. You also have some other manufacturer’s warranty rebates. On a boiler system, you could [be looking at] upwards of $4,000 and maybe on a forced air system, somewhere around $2,000 in rebates to replace that aging piece of equipment.

Options for Upgrading a Heating System vs. Replacement

John: Okay. What options are available for upgrading an existing system versus replacing the entire system?

Joe: Upgrading the existing system, I would say keep that as long as your house is comfortable. Hot and cold spots are a sign that says that the existing infrastructure needs to be replaced. That’s the time that I would recommend doing something different. But if your house heats evenly and you’re fairly happy with the consistency of the temperature inside your house, I’d recommend staying with the existing style.

John: Right. If I wanted to add another zone or something like that into my house so that I can have separate control over heating on the bedrooms on the second floor, compared to the first floor or something like that, that might mean replacing the whole system. But that could be worth it in the long run.

Joe: Yes, definitely. We would want to tie that together when you’re talking a bit more technology, which is great with the heating system. There’s no reason to heat and cool rooms that you’re not using that much. Matching that with the appropriate system so that it all works together would be very important.

The Whole Home Approach

John: How does your whole home approach influence how you install or replace a home heating system?

Joe: What we end up doing [for] most of these systems, in order to qualify for any of the rebates or financing programs that are out there, you have to have a manual Jade on it. It’s a way that we size a system for a home. What we do, is we look at the insulation up in your attic, the insulation in your walls, whether you have single-pane, double-pane, triple-pane windows, or storm windows. We look at how your house was constructed. A lot of times, what we find is, most homes don’t have the most insulation that they can have up at their attic.

That’s why we started a sister company, Revise Energy. We’ve partnered with them. Looking at that whole home approach, what we’ll do is we’ll come out and we’ll put a little bit more insulation up in your attic and maybe put a little bit more insulation in your walls, [just to] tighten that house up a little bit. What it’ll actually allow us to do [is to] keep you just as comfortable, but we can actually put a smaller system in your house. So we went from an 80% efficient furnace now all the way up to a 98% efficient furnace. [Where] your existing system was maybe twice as large as it should’ve been. Once you’re all set and done, there should be considerable savings to operating your comfort system.

John: Very well, that’s really great information, Joe. Thanks again for speaking with me today.

Joe: Sure.

John: For more information, visit calldipietro.com or (978) 372-4111.

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