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When is it the Right Time to Replace or Upgrade Your Home’s HVAC System?

Replacing your outdated, inefficient HVAC system with a new one can seem like an overwhelming project, but is well worth the money you will save on your utility bill and the increased comfort of your indoor space.

If your home’s HVAC system is more than 10 years old, or you are making frequent repairs to your equipment, now is the time to contact a professional who can assess the system’s performance and to determine what type of upgrade will provide a solution for your needs.

Before making a purchase decision, there are a few things to consider.

First, check your current system to make sure it has a correctly programmed thermostat, well-sealed ductwork, and sufficient insulation. If these items are missing from your HVAC system, they are most likely the source of your problems. Secondly, be prepared to replace all your HVAC equipment at the same time. Often, older parts won’t work properly with newer ones. It might seem like a good plan to save money by only replacing some of the equipment, but a mismatched system can severely decrease the energy efficiency and performance that you would expect with a complete new system. It is also a good idea to tune up your home or business by making energy improvements that will reduce operating costs and help your HVAC system operate at peak performance. Check these places in your home where air might be escaping to the outdoor environment:

  • Attic for vents
  • Places where electrical and plumbing lines move through the walls
  • Basement for gaps by the foundation

Covering these holes can increase your system’s efficiency and increase your comfort level.

Once you have contacted your HVAC contractor, they will come to your home or business to assess your current heating and air conditioning system and discuss any problems or discomfort you have in your building. There are a few guidelines that an expert HVAC contractor should follow to make sure that your upgraded system works at peak performance:

  • Ask your contractor to perform a detailed load calculation to ensure that your new HVAC system is the right size for your specific home or business. A system that is too small will not deliver adequate heating or cooling in extreme weather, and one that is too large will cost more and provide insufficient temperature and humidity control.
  • Your contractor should install ductwork that does not leak. According to Energy Star, an estimated 15% energy loss can be attributed to leaky ductwork. That is a big loss, especially when your new system should be more energy efficient than your old one.
  • Ask your contractor about correct airflow and refrigerant levels (if applicable) for your specific system. Incorrect airflow and refrigerant can both result in reduced cooling capability and higher energy costs.

Hiring a highly qualified contractor like Action Air might cost more upfront, but it will save you money in the long run. Poor installation can result in higher energy costs, shorter lifespan of equipment from inefficient performance, early system failure, and reduced personal comfort.

The NATE certified technicians at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar are ready to answer your questions to help you install a new, energy efficient HVAC system. Call Action Air today to get a quote on installing a new HVAC system for your home.

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