HVAC systems generally have life spans ranging between 10 and 20 years, though this varies based on the model, how well they’re maintained, and the environment in which they operate. If you think it’s time to replace your HVAC system, you should consider a few things to make sure you’re making the best decision for your home.
Factors to Consider Before HVAC System Replacement
- What’s the cost of the new system? Be sure to take in both the upfront cost of installation and the projected yearly cost of operation. A high-efficiency system is likely to cost more up front, but lower operating costs can mean you’ll pay less over the life of the system.
- Have the needs of your household changed since the original unit was installed? Is your home better insulated and sealed than it used to be? Have you built any additions which would change the HVAC sizing? These can change what type of unit will serve you best.
- What auxiliary upgrades are available with new units? A variable-speed motor is one common upgrade that can increase your home comfort and reduce the operating noise of your system. Are there other specialized upgrades you want in your home? If so, be sure to factor those in when narrowing down your choices.
- Do you have experts in your area who can service the new system? If you’re making the leap from a furnace to a heat pump, for example, you’ll want to check out your local HVAC specialists to be sure they have the right knowledge and licenses to install, maintain and repair the new unit.
- What units come recommended? A unit can look good on paper and perform poorly in your home. Ask the experts for recommendations on which systems are most reliable.
If you’re looking to replace your HVAC system and want expert advice, call Amarillo Air Conditioning today!
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