Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (or HVAC) is a technology used by homeowners to provide heating and cooling. A good HVAC system will ensure that your home is comfortable, especially in extreme weather conditions. HVAC systems are known to last for more than a decade, but you shouldn't rely entirely on 'vintage' heating/cooling units, so you don't get disappointed later on.
Replacing your HVAC system can be expensive. Here are some factors that will let you know that your HVAC system needs an upgrade.
Aging HVAC system
Ventilation and air-conditioning units last well over a decade, but as they add years of usage, their efficiency also drops. If you have been using the same system for more than 15 years, it's advisable to upgrade to a modern one. Innovations have been made to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, and enhance your comfort also. With an upgrade, you enjoy the benefits of smart initiatives out there. An intelligent thermostat, for example, will help you keep your home in the right temperature without you having to do much about manual functions.
Increasing energy bills
40% of your home's energy is used up by HVAC systems. You'll agree this is a considerable figure, and it tells a lot on your bills. Inefficient ventilation and cooling systems increase your home's utility bills. Over time, deterioration sets in, and with it comes electrical faults which in turn lead to large siphoning of energy. You can lose energy through leaks and cracks, in the form of escaping heat. A regular inspection, anyway, will help to check for leaks and crevices around your home. Upgrading your HVAC system, and opting for smarter options, will ensure you spend less on energy.
Do you hear weird noises when you run your air conditioners/heaters? If you have, this is another sign that your HVAC system needs an upgrade. The sound could be as a result of some fault that you should fix. It could also come from repair work it has endured before.
Longer running periods
If it takes longer than usual for cold air or heat (depending on your choice at the moment) to fill the room, you should consider upgrading your HVAC system. A unit that takes longer to run will not only cost you more money by increasing energy consumption, but it also decreases your comfort.
Call an HVAC technician to help you inspect your unit today to recommend the most effective course of action for you.