Is something wrong with your air conditioning? That most likely is the first question to cross your mind.
What to do next is probably the next thought to cross your mind. Can you get your system fixed? Or are you looking at the potential of replacing the HVAC system?
If replacing an HVAC system is on your to-do list, read on with this article to figure out how to approach this task.
What is HVAC?
It is essential to understand what is meant by HVAC to know if you need to replace your HVAC system or possibly replace the air conditioner or furnace.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. So, as you can see, HVAC will include your furnace, usually located in the basement, a blower to circulate the air, and an outside unit or air conditioner.
So, if your house is hot in the summer and not cooling down, you may need to replace the air conditioner.
It is also essential to factor in whether your furnace needs replacement at the same time.
It is generally stated the HVAC system will last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, depending on certain variables.
Factors To Consider For Replacing an HVAC System
Is HVAC replacement is on your to-do list? Here are some factors you need to consider.
Probably the most common factor that everyone considers is HVAC replacement cost.
This is going to vary in price depending on where you live and the extent of replacement you are doing.
Generally speaking, it is best to contact your local qualified professional to determine what the extent of your HVAC replacement needs are and get an estimate of the work to be completed.
Replace the AC And Furnace?
As we know, an HVAC system may last 15-25 years, so if your entire HVAC system is approaching this age, it may be beneficial to replace the AC and the furnace at the same time.
This will probably increase the cost of the job but may end up saving you some money in the long run.
Size of The Area To Be Heated And Cooled
You may be asking, Why do I need to consider the size of my home? Well, if anything has changed with your home, possibly a finished basement added, or maybe an additional room was added, then it is likely the area you will be heating, and cooling has increased.
You will want to make sure you have an accurate measurement of your living space square footage in order for the professional to install the proper HVAC unit.
A factor to include in your research of a new HVAC system is energy efficiency.
Efficient air conditioners use 30-50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as compared to air conditioners made in the 1970s.
The use of less energy means savings for you when it comes time to pay that gas or electric bill. Of course, buying a more efficient model may mean extra upfront costs to you.
When looking to replace an air conditioner, look for the seasonal energy efficiency ratio or SEER. SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output.
Moving Forward With Replacement
If you have decided that replacing an HVAC system is your best move, then it is time to contact a local, reliable professional to move forward with the work.
Contact us to take the next step in keeping your home comfortable year-round.