You can always expect hot and humid summer days in the South. But, what you’re really counting on this time of year is your air conditioner.
If you have an older HVAC system, now is a great time to upgrade and get paid for making your home more energy efficient. That means lower energy bills and being more comfortable indoors.
How do I know if investing in a new HVAC system is right for me, right now? Here are five factors to consider from energy efficiency to smart device integration.
The average HVAC system has a lifespan of about 15 years. Air conditioners typically need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, while furnaces can last for 15 to 20 years. To get the most life out of your system, it’s important to change air filters regularly, keep the outside part of your unit free of debris and grass clippings and schedule regular maintenance. Otherwise, it will never run efficiently.
Reduced Cooling Load
When HVAC professionals design a system, they consider the home’s cooling load, or amount of thermal energy an air conditioner must remove from an interior space to maintain a comfortable temperature range. Many contractors rely on what’s known as a “rule of thumb” rather than calculating the precise cooling load for that home. If you’ve made any energy-efficiency improvements, your home’s cooling load may be significantly lower than the rule of thumb would suggest. As a result, you may have an HVAC system that’s too large for your home, which is inefficient and will have a shortened lifespan.
Improved Energy Efficiency
Many older HVAC systems aren’t very energy efficient, which means they waste energy and drive up your electric bills. Replacing existing equipment with an ENERGY STAR® qualified, high efficiency unit can save up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling costs. It’s important to have your ductwork inspected as well. The average HVAC system loses about 20 to 30 percent of the energy it generates as a result of leaky ductwork.
Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
Maintaining clean, fresh indoor air is critical. Your HVAC system does this by providing adequate ventilation throughout the home, keeping humidity at an acceptable level, and filtering allergens and other harmful particles out of the air. Dated systems can’t always keep up with today’s indoor air quality demands and not all older units are compatible with add-ons like whole-home dehumidifiers, air purifiers and ventilators.
Smart Device Integration
Smart technology continues to make appliances more convenient and energy-efficient. From allowing you to program an efficient cooling schedule to making automatic adjustments based on the weather forecast to controlling your home’s thermostat setting anywhere from your phone, smart thermostats are a top HVAC system upgrade. While some older HVAC systems are compatible with new devices, be sure to consult with an HVAC expert before making a purchase.
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