Year after year, your HVAC system works hard to keep you comfortable at all times. Since we are still in the early months of 2017, now is the perfect time to assess the overall health of your HVAC system. You should also start considering whether or not it may be time for a new system. It can be difficult for homeowners to recognize the signs of an old and outdated HVAC unit.
We will flesh out the questions you must answer to determine whether or not your HVAC system is in need of a replacement. These systems are major investments, and keeping one that is no longer capable of performing at a high level is a waste of money. Use our information and ensure that the money you spend goes efficiently towards your home comfort in 2017.
How Old Is Your System?
The lifespan of an HVAC system depends on what type of unit it is. A furnace will effectively operate a little longer than an air conditioner, but both systems will typically last at least ten years. We suggest homeowners remain aware of what year they bought their systems, as well as know how old each unit is. Being aware of the status of your HVAC unit is the first step to proactive ownership. Through proactive HVAC ownership, you can ensure that you will use your money wisely when it comes to your home comfort.
Has Your Energy Bill Increased?
As your heating or cooling unit gets older, it will inevitably lose some of its efficiency. Natural wear and tear are not uncommon issues for an HVAC unit to have. That said, some of the effects that “natural wear and tear” may have on your unit can be seen over time through the amount you spend on energy every month. Your HVAC system burns fuel to keep you comfortable. If the inner-workings of the HVAC unit are not in sync like they used to be, your unit will compensate by burning more fuel. This can lead to higher energy bills and costly future repairs.
As time goes by, the inefficiencies of your HVAC system will grow. Unfortunately, you may not realize how much these inefficiencies have grown unless you are keeping track of how much you spend. We suggest that homeowners keep track of how much they spend on energy from month to month and year to year. As time goes by, you can look back to when your HVAC system was first installed and see how much your energy bill has increased.
If your energy bill has increased significantly over the years, it is time to consider upgrading your home comfort system.
What Are Your Senses Telling You?
When something is wrong with your HVAC system, or the unit itself is too old, you can often see it, hear it, or smell it. As we discussed earlier, the inner workings of your HVAC system will go out of sync as time goes by, leading to excessive energy use. But did you know that you can often hear the problem? The grinding and screeching of an HVAC system is not normal, considering that we have some of the quietest units today. If you are hearing these uncommon noises, consider it a red flag that there is an issue with your system.
If you smell mold in your home, it is likely an issue with air flow. Air flow inefficiencies can be traced back to problems with your HVAC system and ductwork. Clogs in your ductwork and an older HVAC unit can lead to low air flow throughout the home. Lack of quality air flow equates to stagnant air, which can lead to mold growth. The color of your furnace flame can also indicate what the overall health of the unit is.
Are You Comfortable?
The main purpose of any HVAC system is to make you comfortable inside your home. If you find that yourself grabbing a blanket, or asking, “Is it hot in here?” it might be time to upgrade your heating or cooling system. Your HVAC unit may no longer be capable of meeting the capacity of your home and the requirements it needs. This can lead to fluctuating temperatures across your home, and actual temperatures that don’t match the thermostat reading.
If you find yourself wondering why you’re so hot when the AC is on, it is probably time to check out a new system!
Don’t wait till it’s too late to transition to a new HVAC system. The sooner you do it, the less money you will spend on wasted energy (and the smoother the transition will be). There’s no sense in using an HVAC system that is clearly outdated, so answer these questions for yourself and consider a new unit today!
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