When it comes to saving money in your home, the last thing you want to do is fork out the expense for a new HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) system, but there are definite signs that you might need to.
We have listed some of them here, so take a look, and then consider if the upgrade is worth it for you.
#1: Your energy bills are high
If your HVAC system is more than ten years old, then it probably isn’t very energy-efficient. They become less effective with age, so if your bills have been high, and it’s not because of energy company price hikes, then it’s worth upgrading to a newer model, preferably one that comes with the Energy Star label. While replacing your old system could be costly, you will offset the costs eventually with the savings you see on your energy bills.
#2: You are regularly calling out the repairman
An older system will become worn with age, so if you have had to regularly source replacement parts yourself, such as new on off on rocker switches, or you have had to call out the repairman to replace parts and fix recurrent faults, then it’s clearly time to get rid of your old system and purchase something new. You will forever be calling out your repairman otherwise, and along with the rise in costs of your energy bills because of an inefficient system, you will be forever paying repair bills too.
#3: You don’t feel comfortable in your home
If you are struggling to maintain a warm home, even when the HVAC system is activated, then there is clearly a problem. You either have hidden drafts in your home, or your HVAC system isn’t operating properly. It may be that you have the wrong size model for your home, but again, if it is showing signs of age elsewhere (and is more than ten years old), to avoid any further discomfort, you should consider replacing it with something more heat-effective.
#4: Your HVAC system is noisy
Your HVAC system will never be quiet, unless you have it turned off. You will usually hear a low humming sound in the background, and this is nothing to worry about. However, should you hear loud clanking noises, heavy rattling, or strange hissing sounds, then something is clearly at fault. You can find out more about these noises here. In some cases, there may be issues with loose debris that has fallen into your system, and after turning it off, you may be able to deal with this problem yourself. In other cases, there may be more serious issues, such as faults within the internal working, and you will have to call out the repairman. As stated earlier, if these issues become the norm, then it is time to get something new.
If your HVAC system is over ten years of age, but you haven’t noticed any of the issues above, then you don’t need to panic and buy something new. On the other hand, if there are obvious signs of fault, and your bank balance has been repeatedly hit by energy bill and repair costs, then it might be more cost-effective to say goodbye to your old model and hello to something brand spanking new.
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