To Replace or Not to Replace
Evaluating the Benefits of Upgrading Your Home Comfort System
Your home comfort system represents a sizeable investment for your home. Proper maintenance helps keep it in good working order year after year – which helps you maintain your investment and lengthen the life of your system, while also improving your system’s energy efficiency.
As the years go by, however, even the best maintained system will eventually need to be replaced. But how do you make the right decision at the right time?
According to EnergyStar.gov, you can look for certain telltale signs that a change is in order.
- Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
- Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old. Consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 5% more efficient than a new, standard model.
- Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up. Your cooling or heating equipment may have become less efficient.
- Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold. Improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation could be the cause.
- No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat. Install a programmable thermostat to start saving energy and money while they’re away or sleeping.
- Your home has humidity problems. Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork can cause the air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer.
- Your home has excessive dust. Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing your ducts may be a solution.
- Your heating or cooling system is noisy. You could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.
After all, the investment you make in your system is just one of the costs of keeping comfortable. The energy dollars you spend each month are another sizeable chunk of your home’s budget. Schedule an estimate for replacement or repairs; whichever decision you make will start saving you money on energy.