All good things must come to an end and this means someday your heating and cooling system will need to be replaced. Wear and tear, loss of efficiency and the occasional strange noise that has begun to happen more frequently, may have already led you to the popular chant of replacing HVAC system, replacing HVAC system, replacing HVAC system.
Replacing your HVAC system is a big investment. On average, a furnace and air conditioner will last 10 to 15 years before the cost of HVAC repair begins to creep into the replacement zone. Sometimes it is not so much about how old your system is … as much as it is … how long it has been working hard. Some summers are hotter than other summers. Some winters are mild while other winters have record-breaking low temperatures.
If you are undecided about HVAC heating and cooling replacement or are about to take the plunge, we have 10 considerations to help you make the best decisions regarding heating and cooling solutions.
Replacing Your Furnace and Air Conditioner at the Same Time
If your air conditioner is past no return but your furnace is still ticking, the big question may be, replace one and not the other, or replace both at the same time. When faced with this dilemma of one verses the other, consider the following:
- Is “the other” about to expire too? If it is teetering on the age of HVAC retirement, go ahead and replace both at the same time.
- Have your utility bills increased? Assuming there hasn’t been a large shift in weather patterns from one year to the next, your utility bills should remain fairly status quo when compared month-to-month, year over year. If they have not, either your heating system or your ac unit is not running efficiently.
- Have you experienced costly repairs? Repairs here and there, add up and it takes just one big repair to make a dent in your pocketbook. Evaluate the economical sense of HVAC repair HVAC heating and cooling total replacement.
- Are you hearing strange noises? A good indicator that something is amiss; an HVAC technician can diagnose the problem and lead you to a reliable solution.
HVAC System Purchase Budget
When assigning a budget, consider both the initial purchase amount and long-term efficiencies. Your HVAC technician can help you balance upfront pricing with lower operating costs to determine the most cost effective HVAC unit for your needs. Special Offers, rebates and/or Energy Star tax credits are options for you to pursue as well.
How Much Time Do I Have to Replace My System
Your furnace going out in the dead of winter is different from your air conditioner calling it quits at the beginning of May. Regardless of time, the most important thing is to get the right equipment for your needs. Determine your preferences, immediate needs and purchase ability.
If time is on your side, a minimum of three weeks will allow the flexibility of finding an HVAC system you love and securing solid HVAC contractors for installation and ongoing maintenance.
Home Comfort – Temperature and Air Quality
With so many HVAC system selections on the market today, it will be worth the time to research how various heat and air units will influence your indoor temperature, energy consumption and air quality. Did you know that choosing elements such as UV light in your HVAC system would increase your EPA indoor air quality score? A little research will help you tackle airborne particle content and identify the best HVAC unit for reducing humidity.
Modern standards for energy efficiency include the Energy Star Program and SEER ratings. When discussing energy efficiency with your HVAC specialist, make sure to specify if you are wishing to reduce your monthly utility bills through a peak performing system or are seeking an eco-friendly system that will reduce the carbon footprint by using less energy… or… both!
The Size of the Area to be Heated or Cooled
In this case, one size does not fit all. Heating systems and cooling solutions are rated for their heating and cooling capacities. Merely duplicating the size and capacity of your existing HVAC unit is not always the best idea. If you added on to your home or refinished an area that requires heating and cooling, your needs have changed. Correctly identifying the size of the area you need heated and cooled is key to your comfort level and satisfaction. The best heating and cooling company will be knowledgeable in every size of HVAC system and guarantee expertise.
When deciding on HVAC service look for HVAC contractors that offer free estimates on system cost, installation labor, parts, warranty and energy efficiency. An estimate does not mean an obligation so make sure your HVAC selection doesn’t have you signing on the dotted line before you are ready. Inquire about HVAC maintenance packages and service specifications.
Your HVAC company should be factory trained in HVAC installation, HVAC repair and ongoing HVAC service.
Air Duct Inspection
Before new HVAC installation, it is a good idea to have your HVAC specialist check the air ducts. Leaks, gaps and inadequate insulation can result in air loss, which will detract from superior HVAC performance.
HVAC System Maintenance
HVAC maintenance will without a doubt prolong the life of your heating and cooling system, reduce repairs and encourage optimal output. Inquire about HVAC service contracts offered by your heating and cooling company or HVAC technician.
HVAC experts can alert you to the many accessories available. Depending on where you live, you may need to address humidity with an HVAC humidifier system. Perhaps you would like an additional air filtration system to combat allergens in a highly polluted area.
Whatever your wishes, your heating and cooling professionals at A&D Heating & Cooling will lead you to the very best solutions.