With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider an HVAC health check to determine if your system is ready for an upgrade. It’s a well-known fact that preventative maintenance and regular tune-ups can extend the life of your home’s heating and cooling system. However, if your equipment is 10 years or older, consistently in need of frequent repairs, or not performing optimally, it may be time to consider other options. Before you break out your check book, read our blog as we discuss what you need to know before upgrading your HVAC system.
Age of Your Current Unit
On average, the lifespan of a heating and cooling system is between 15 – 20 years. As we mentioned earlier, there are preventative measures you can take to improve performance and prevent premature equipment failure, such as changing the air filter every three months, replacing a faulty thermostat, and sealing leaky ductwork. But aging systems require more repairs and over time, parts become unavailable. Purchasing new HVAC equipment can save you money and headaches in the long run. Although your furnace and air conditioner need not be replaced at the same time, upgrading the entire system all at once may be a good idea as it will ensure the components work together properly and can save money on labor costs.
Reduced Cooling Load
The design of your HVAC system takes into account the cooling load or the amount of warm air that must be removed from inside the home in order to maintain a comfortable temperature. The cooling load calculation largely determines the appropriate size of the air conditioning unit. If the equipment is too large, it can lead to excessive wear and tear, and shorten the lifespan of the unit. Sometimes conventional HVAC systems demand a total redesign, especially if it’s not cooling the home properly. If your air conditioner is not performing optimally or if you suspect the equipment is ill-fitted for your space, contact an HVAC professional for an inspection and recommendations.
Improved Energy Efficiency
Most older systems are not energy efficient, which can lead to energy loss and increased utility bills over time. If your system is aging and you’re considering an upgrade, make sure it meets Energy Star standards – the federal standards for energy efficient appliances. Also, it may be a good idea to ask an HVAC professional to inspect your home’s ductwork. The average HVAC system loses 20 – 30 percent of energy as a result of leaky ductwork. A professional technician can repair cracks and insufficient seals, which will save energy and money in the long term.
Indoor Air Quality
Your HVAC system not only heats and cools your home, it manages the quality of your indoor air. A properly functioning unit provides ventilation, keeps humidity levels manageable, and filters allergens and other harmful contaminants out of the air. Poor indoor air quality can lead to allergies, asthma, respiratory issues, and even carbon monoxide poisoning. Older systems are not compatible with useful add-ons like dehumidifiers, ventilators, or filters. To keep air healthy, consider investing in a new HVAC system.
Smart Device Integration
Integrating smart technology into your HVAC system is worth considering when looking to upgrade your equipment. Smart thermostats incorporate artificial intelligence that allows the device to learn your cooling preferences and schedule, then make the appropriate adjustments. They can also auto-adjust the temperature based on the weather forecast. Some units even have a smart app to control your system from anywhere. Many older systems are compatible with smart thermostats but consult with an HVAC professional before purchasing.
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