If you have an old HVAC system that’s still working, you may wonder why you should consider replacing it. If it’s broken, replacement is a no brainer but if it’s humming along, even though it’s old, why bother. I get it; Heating and air systems are not cheap. Truth is however, from energy efficiency to smart device integration, there are many reasons why investing in a new HVAC system just makes good sense. Check out these 5 reasons to upgrade your old system.
The average life span of an HVAS system is about 15 years. Air conditioners last about 10-15 years and furnaces can go a little longer. This is if your system receives proper maintenance. One of the quickest ways to age your system prematurely is skipping on maintenance, so make sure you replace your air filters and have your HVAC serviced each year before the cooling cycle and again before the heating cycle. An old system that is not functioning properly will not run as efficiently and that will cost you money on your monthly power bill. Investments in new energy efficient HVAC units often pay themselves back in as little as 2-3 years because of the increased efficiency. Make sure when replacing your system to have your HVAC installer look at your ductwork as leaky ductwork can account for a 20-30 percent energy loss.
New HVAC systems offer improved air flow and can better regulate the temperature throughout the different rooms in your home eliminating the problem of rooms being too hot or cold. New variable speed units improve the movement of air and the consistency.
Better Air Quality
A very important function for an HVAC is managing a home’s indoor air quality. Your system is providing ventilation, maintaining the humidity level at an acceptable level as well as filtering small particles out of your air. Because today’s homes are built to be air tight for energy efficiency, the air inside your home can be up to 5 times more polluted than outside air. Today’s systems offer add-ons like whole home dehumidifiers, air purifiers and air filters. These add-ons not only capture minute particles in the air, they are capable of scrubbing the air and destroying harmful vapors, molds and germs. The result is a cleaner and healthier living environment.
Smart Device Integration
Today’s smart technology makes HVAC systems more convenient and energy efficient than ever. With devices like smart thermostats, you can program an efficient heating and cooling program that fits your family’s lifestyle. What’s more with a smart app, you can manage your system from anywhere in the world. With smart technology there is no more wasting energy heating or cooling an empty house.
Increased Resale Value
When looking to purchase a new home, buyers always consider the age and condition of the HVAC system. They consider how long it will be before they must pay for a system replacement, maintenance costs on an older system and energy efficiency. If your home has a newer energy efficient HVAC system that will be an attractive feature for a potential buyer and add value to your home.