If you’ve been experiencing problems with your home’s heating and cooling, it might be time to consider replacing your system. But when should you buy a new HVAC system? Here are a few things you should consider before you gear up for your next purchase.
The Age of Your Current System
Like all appliances, age can be a contributing factor when it comes time to consider a replacement. Energy Star recommends replacing air conditioning units that are more than 10 years old. They also recommend replacing furnace or boilers that are more than 15 years old.
While it may be tempting to extend the life of your current system and settle for repairs, sometimes a replacement can be more cost-effective. This is especially true if your system has lost its efficiency over time. Replacing your current system with a higher efficiency appliance will not only keep your home comfortable, but it will also help you save on costs.
Increasing Energy Bills
Speaking of costs, it’s normal for your energy bills to fluctuate, especially during the sweltering summer and frigid winter months. However, if you notice significant differences, especially year-to-year, it may be time to investigate the efficiency of your system. Normal wear and tear will often reduce efficiency; therefore, leading to climbing costs.
Repairs are More Expensive
Replacing your heating or cooling system altogether can be costly. But, if you find yourself frequently calling for repairs, especially if you do have older equipment, it might be time to crunch the numbers. With older HVAC systems, repairs can oftentimes be nearly half the cost of a new heating and cooling system.
Home Comfort and Air Quality Changes
Temperature or air quality changes can be a great indicator of an older or malfunctioning system. Does it take longer for some parts of your home to heat up compared to others? Do you notice significant hot or cold spots? If so, your equipment may be losing its efficiency. Increases in dust, debris, dirt or dander are also signs that your air conditioning or heating unit may not be properly ventilating. These can then lead to allergies or other respiratory issues.
When is the Best Time to Buy a New HVAC System?
We recommend replacing your heating and air conditioning equipment in the fall or spring. Temperatures during this time of year are often the mildest. They are also considered the “off seasons” for HVAC companies. With less emergency repair and maintenance appointments, customers are more likely to get their new equipment installed quickly and with more ease. Also, like anything, scheduling your replacement in advance is always the best, as it’s easy for contractors to quickly become booked.
Replace Your Current System with Help from Viviano
Since 1989, we’ve helped homeowners and businesses throughout the Metro East maximize their indoor comfort all year round. If it’s time for you to consider purchasing a new system, we’re here to help. Not only can we help you determine the efficiency and age of your system with our easy-to-schedule maintenance visits, but we also have an industry-leading lineup of equipment and accessories, including Trane products. We also have convenient financing options to fit any budget. Contact us online or give us a call today to get started!