Most homeowners don’t think give much thought to their HVAC systems unless happens to make them take notice. It’s usually a lot more efficient and cost effective to not wait until something breaks before having an HVAC system serviced. Homeowners should call for regular maintenance and ask their HVAC professional whether it might be time for improvements or an upgrade to the system. There have been many recent advances in HVAC technology that homeowners can take advantage of to improve energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. Here are a few factors to consider.
Rise in Energy Costs
If you have recently noticed a rise in the costs to keep your home comfortable, it may be your air conditioner or heat pump is not operating as efficiently as it once did. Have your unit inspected to be certain.
Increasing Noise Level
Do you notice an increase in the amount of noise produced when your system is operating? This could be a problem with your heating or cooling unit, but sometimes the sizing of your ductwork can contribute to this as well.
Frequency of Repairs
If you find your heating or cooling unit needs regular repairs, it may be time to weigh the costs of repairs against the purchase of a system upgrade.
If your heating and cooling unit can’t keep up with your comfort needs, it might be the wrong size for your home – especially if you recently put an addition on your house. Poor performance could also be due to leaks or weaknesses in your ductwork.
Age of System
Your heating or cooling unit will only perform efficiently and effectively for so long. Consider replacing your air conditioner or heat pump if the unit is older than 10 years.
Rooms Too Hot or Too Cold
Rooms that are too hot or too cold can be symptomatic of several issues including poor airflow, duct problems, inadequate insulation, or failing equipment. For a proper diagnosis, contact a professional.
Excessive humidity inside your home can be symptomatic of poorly performing equipment or leaky ductwork. Have your unit inspected to be sure. A professional may recommend a dehumidifier for your home.
An excessive amount of dust inside your home might indicate problems with your ductwork. They may need to be sealed or cleaned.
Is a home sale on your horizon?
Upgrading your HVAC to a new more energy efficient system offers great incentives to potential buyers. The cost of upgrading can often be counterbalanced in the sale price of your home.
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