Have you been putting off an upgrade to your air conditioning or heating equipment? It’s easy to forget how vital these systems are to your family’s daily comfort — until something goes wrong. An inadequate or aging system will waste money, fail to keep you warm in winter or cool in summer, impact your indoor air quality, and eventually fail you completely. Generally, it’s a good idea to upgrade your equipment before it breaks down. Here are some clues that it’s time to upgrade your system.
Your Systems Are Out Of Date
Older, out-of-date equipment is likely to be far less efficient than newer systems. If you replace your 10-year-old heat pump or air conditioner with a high-efficiency unit that carries an Energy Star label, you could save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Energy Star recommends replacing your heat pump or air conditioner every 10 years and your furnace or boiler every 15 years.
Upgrading your systems will improve not just your energy efficiency but also your family’s comfort. A newer system with a programmable thermostat, for instance, can warm up your home just before everyone arrives home from school or work. Ask your HVAC technician to look over your current system and let you know what a newer system could do for your home.
The Unit Needs Frequent Repairs
Just like a car that keeps having problems and needing repair work, your HVAC equipment will let you know it’s getting tired by breaking down often and needing frequent repairs. Another clue that your equipment is wearing down is that it will operate less efficiently and your power bills will increase dramatically.
Your System Isn’t Working Well
If your furnace is constantly running but your house isn’t getting warm, something is wrong. If some rooms in your home are too hot and others too cold, you have a problem. The same is true of air conditioning that just doesn’t cool your house properly. If your HVAC system is creating a lot of noise, that could also be an indicator that it’s no longer up to the task at hand.
Your Home Is Dusty, Humid, Dry, Or Uncomfortable
Excessive dust is an indicator of leaky ductwork that is drawing debris from your attic, basement, or crawl space into your home. Air that is overly dry or too moist could also be a sign of leaky ductwork or poorly operating equipment. If you just can’t seem to get comfortable in your home, that might be a sign that your system is no longer running well or is inadequate for your family’s needs.
Replacing or upgrading your HVAC system is an investment that will increase your home’s value, improve your family’s comfort and health, and improve the energy efficiency of your house. Prevent an emergency by taking care of the upgrade as soon as your old systems starts showing its age rather than waiting until your family is without heat or air conditioning.
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