If you are like most families these are questions you ask at least once as a homeowner. Replacing your unit may seem like the most expensive option, but here are some other factors to consider when weighing the costs. Comfort and energy savings may be worth the cost of replacement in the long run. Our friendly experts at 1st AC and Heating can help you assess your HVAC situation and make the decisions that are right for you and your budget.
Are certain rooms in the house hotter or colder than others?
If this is the case, duct issues, inadequate insulation, or equipment operation may be the cause. Your best course of action is to call a HVAC professional to discuss the problem and your options.
Does it seem like you have to dust all the time?
Cleaning your home is a never-ending chore and dust will accumulate if you don’t take care of it. However, your HVAC system could be making the issue worse! Air ducts can pull dust particles from the attic and basement if they are not properly sealed.
How frequently do you have to repair your unit?
Does it seem like you have become best friends with your HVAC technician? The cost of continuing to repair a unit may be higher than replacing. As a unit ages, it becomes less efficient. So, between repair costs and the loss of savings from a more energy efficient unit it may be time to replace.
How old is your unit?
If your unit is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider replacing. A new Energy Star labeled unit could save you up to 20% on heating and cooling costs per year.
Does your unit sound like a car on its last leg?
If your car starts to make noises, you probably give the mechanic a call. If your HVAC unit starts making excessive noise it is time to call in the experts. There are several reasons your unit makes noise and your trusted HVAC professional will help you identify the cause. Some noise culprits could be an undersized duct system or the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. If your unit is old, it might be time to consider installing a new system.
Is your home humid?
True or False? During the summer your home will feel humid? False! If your unit is working correctly, it should not. Again, your duct system may be to blame. If the duct system is not properly sealed your home will feel uncomfortably dry in the winter and humid in the summer.
Would you like to determine if you should maintain, repair, or replace your HVAC unit? Call 1st AC and Heating today and our experts will help you decide what is best for your situation. We are always here to answer questions and assist in making your home as comfortable as possible.