5 Benefits of a New HVAC System
Benefits of a New HVAC System
The vast majority of people in the U.S. have experienced replacing a vehicle, and since vehicles have a relatively short lifespan, might have replaced several vehicles. We are familiar with the indications that the end is near, perhaps even have a timetable set for replacement prior to when major repairs are necessary.
However, since the shelf-life for a residential HVAC system is longer, the indicators for replacing it might not be as clear.
This article helps you take a proactive approach and helps you decide when it is best to upgrade this vital system. Your family and the structure of your home depend on the conditioned space. Preparing to replace your HVAC system before it fails will give you time to price and research the best system for your home.
Since it is a major purchase, it will be tempting to cut costs, but remember you will live with this system for decades to come, so plan wisely.
Preliminary Considerations for a New HVAC System
Your HVAC system works in conjunction with other systems, specifically well-sealed ductwork, and adequate insulation. As part of your research, explore the condition of these systems and repair/enhance these systems as needed. This will extend the life of a new HVAC system.
Indications You Need a Change
- Is your HVAC system 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, or older?
- Are you making frequent repairs?
- Is it working harder to maintain comfort?
- Does it make loud noises upon startup?
- Is your house humid or stuffy, even when the AC runs?
5 Benefits You Can Expect From a New, High-Efficiency New HVAC System
Expect a new HVAC system to be much different from the old system. Advances in technology improve comfort, reliability, energy savings, and safety. Here are a few examples:
- Better Air Flow Results in Fresher Air. Your new system will have a more efficient blower motor, circulating more air throughout the house. Moving air will:
- Improve the filtration of dust, pollen, dander, etc., providing a safer environment for your family. Since we typically spend 80% or more of our time indoors, excellent indoor air quality is essential for good health. Strides in air filter technology make fresher air possible.
- Push conditioned air more efficiently throughout the house, eliminating hot or cold spots and making every room comfortable. The blower will have variable speeds, increasing or decreasing static pressure as needed. It will “feel” better.
- Better Efficiency Results in Lower Costs.
- Furnaces are rated measured by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. Older systems operate at around 65% AFUE, which means 35% of the energy is lost in the process. Newer systems operate at 93 to 98% AFUE, a significant reduction in energy used, resulting in energy cost savings.
- Air conditioners are measured in Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER, the greater the efficiency. Older systems have a SEER of 8 to 10 range. New AC systems typically range in a 16-20 SEER range and units range as high as 25 SEER. High efficient systems will pay for themselves over the lifespan of the unit.
- Better Efficiency Results in Greater Comfort. The new technology available in today’s HVAC equipment produces more hot and cold air evenly and helps maintain a constant temperature in every room in your home. The cooling technology gives superior humidity control over your old system. This results in greater comfort and your entire family will notice.
- Better engineering results in Less Noise. Manufacturing tolerances and more insulation give you a whisper-quiet operation for both heating and cooling season. Your current system may rattle or squeak as it kicks on or off. Sound-dampening measures are engineered into each component and insulation helps absorb noise for pleasing results.
- Better Controls Result in Convenience. Analog dial thermostats give you a heating or cooling setting and an on/off switch for the blower fan. New programmable thermostats allow you to change settings while your family is asleep or at school/work, to save on the utility bill. You can program a return to the desired temperature 30 minutes before the alarm goes off to make waking up a bit cozier.
Smart thermostats also give you a phone app for the added convenience of making changes on the fly. The app can also troubleshoot and diagnose a problem early, keeping small issues from becoming big issues. A new HVAC system with multiple home zones can be programmed to customize the comfort level in different sections of the house.
Interested in a New HVAC System
Is now the time to replace your HVAC equipment? To help you make the best decision, we’re happy to evaluate the equipment you have and show you the best options for your home. Give us a call today.