Treat Yourself To a Brand New HVAC System This New Year’s!
Most folks spend their New Year’s in the same home for decades. A home is a place of comfort and memories, and it deserves a resolution for this new year: resolve to give it a new HVAC system. A home’s HVAC system is responsible for heating and cooling the home, providing the comfortable environment we expect of our house.
But everyone knows that HVAC installations can be pricey. It’s essential to many homeowners that the investment comes when most needed. So, how does one know when to invest in a new HVAC system? Keep reading to learn how to determine when the HVAC system needs to be replaced and other tips about installing new HVAC systems this year.
5 Signs the HVAC Needs Replacing
- Age: It is critical to know and keep in mind the home’s HVAC system’s age. Systems that are older than 10+ years run on outdated technology and are nearing the end of their life. It’s expected to need a replacement once a decade has passed.
- Frequent Repairs: If the air conditioner, ducts, or furnace are constantly needing repairs, it’s time to consider replacing the unit. While a replacement part or repair may be needed every other year, once annual repairs or even monthly calls to the HVAC tech have begun, the unit is nearing the end of its life.
- Constant Cycling: If the furnace is continuously kicking on, but the house doesn’t get any warmer, or if the A/C keeps running, but the house stays hot, the HVAC system is struggling. Frequent cycling of the system indicates the units have lost efficiency and will need to be replaced soon.
- Loud Noises: Frequent banging, screeching, or squealing coming from the HVAC system indicates loose parts, damages, or expansion of the unit’s ductwork. These noises often signal the need for repairs that will eventually cause the need for replacement.
- Higher Energy Bills: Usually, the first sign homeowners may notice, increased energy bills point to HVAC system problems. As HVAC systems age or become damaged, they lose their efficiency, and energy bills will start to increase.
Is the Unit the Right Size?
Whenever there’s a question of sizing the heater or air conditioner of a home, it’s important to reach out to a qualified HVAC technician. A too-small unit will be unable to warm or cool the house properly, and a too-large unit will expend excess energy and increase the cost of energy bills.
Heaters and air conditioners measure their capacity in BTU or British Thermal Units. To calculate the amount of BTUs needed to warm or cool an entire home, the home’s square footage needs to be factored in alongside the age of the home, the insulation of the home, and the outside environment. Homes in hotter ecosystems will need higher BTU air conditioning units, while homes of the same size in a colder environment might need less, etc.
The best way to identify if the HVAC system is sized appropriately is to call a professional over. HVAC technicians will be able to verify if the ductwork reaches the entire house, or if the A/C or heater is the right size, and if any changes need to be made in the system.
The Importance of Maintaining the New System
Protecting the investment of a new HVAC system should seem a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget to take care of the unseen ductwork and HVAC units. Regular maintenance is essential to maintaining the units as a whole.
Regular maintenance increases the lifespan of a unit, as repairs and cleanings are made before excessive damage can occur from any issues that have sprung up. Regular maintenance also keeps the system running at its most efficient, saving homeowners money on their energy bills and keeping the home as comfortable as possible through every season.
Choosing to install a new HVAC system in the home isn’t just an investment into the property; it’s also an investment in comfort for the new year!
About PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning
The team at PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning knows how frustrating and inconvenient HVAC or plumbing issues can be. They’ve provided quick and reliable HVAC services in Staten Island for over forty years. Their highly-trained technicians work hard to solve any problem they come across and specialize in caring for a home like their own.