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When Is It Time To Upgrade My HVAC?
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit, or HVAC, will become less efficient with age and will eventually need to be replaced. So what are some signs that it is time for your HVAC to be replaced and how is the best way to replace it?
The best way to tell that your HVAC needs an upgrade is by performing routine maintenance on it each season. By hiring a qualified professional to do an inspection on your system you can reduce problems such as ducting leaks, ineffective thermostats, and clogged filters. This professional can also help you determine when the efficiency loss of your unit is due to needing a thorough cleaning and when it is due to the age of the unit itself. You can then utilize their experience to help you choose and install your new system.
Not all of the signs will be obvious when you do routine maintenance, however and may develop over time. One of these signs is a lack of efficiency. You may notice this as an increase in your energy costs for the same temperature range. Another sign of decreased efficiency is that some rooms may be cooler than others when the thermostats are all set for the same temperature. You may also decide to upgrade your HVAC so that you have a more efficient thermostat system, keeping rooms which are used less often at a different temperature than your main living areas. This can save you money on your utility bills as well.
One of the biggest signs that you need a new HVAC is age. If your unit is more than about ten years old, then there are more efficient systems available that will save you money in the long run. There is a huge push in all areas of commerce these days to be more energy efficient, and by upgrading an older HVAC you may even qualify for incentives or tax cuts for turning in a less efficient unit. Once your HVAC turns ten, the maintenance and repairs start to skyrocket and by the time a unit turns fifteen it can be performing at less than twenty-five percent of its initial efficiency. This means that the longer you put off upgrading an older unit, the more money you are spending a month on keeping your home at the right temperatures.
Upgrading your HVAC can be a big investment, but it can also save you money in the long run. The more efficient your heating and cooling system is, the lower your monthly energy costs will be and the more comfortable your home or business will stay.
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Anthony has 15 years of experience as a HVAC Technician and writes on all matters relating to this. You can find his thoughts at: livejournal blog.
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