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How Do I Know If I Need a New Heating and Cooling System?

Chris Helms - Thursday, March 12, 2015

Here’s when investment in a new heating and air conditioning unit makes sense.

Replacing Home Heating and Cooling Units

Heating and air conditioning has become something we can’t live without. It keeps us comfortable and safe. If you’ve recently purchased a home and you’re not sure if the HVAC is going to work long-term or if your current HVAC system in your home is not keeping your home as warm or as cool as it should, it can be hard to know what to do. Should I spend money on repairs? Should I buy a new system? What should I do? Here are some tips that can help you decide if you need a new heating and cooling system:

The Age of Your Unit Speaks Volumes

Units more than 10-15 years old are definitely going to have a shorter lifespan and be less effective than a new unit. Besides the wear and tear of daily use for over a decade, systems built in the last 10 years are going to be significantly more energy efficient than an older one. If your heating and cooling system is older than 10 years, that could be a good indicator it might be time for an upgrade.

Evaluate the Effectiveness of Your System

Do you feel like it takes longer than it should for your home to heat up or cool down? Does your HVAC seem to have to work overtime to keep up with the temperature demands? Take an honest look at how effective your heating and air conditioning is working. If you feel like you’re constantly waiting for temperature adjustments or that your system doesn’t respond as it should when you make changes, your HVAC system just might not be able to keep up and an upgrade is in order.

Take a Look at Your Budget

This is a primary concern with most homeowners when it comes time to look at the possibility of a new heating and cooling system. But you should also consider your monthly utility bill and the cost of repairs of an older unit, not just the initial investment in a new system. If your old system is costing you money in regular repairs or energy costs because it’s not energy efficient, you could save significantly in the long term by upgrading to a new unit with a higher efficiency rating.

There are many considerations when it comes to investing in a major component of your home such as an HVAC unit. For advice from a professional and a free consultation and estimate on heating and air conditioning units and installation, contact your local Helms Heating and Air Conditioning by calling 877-GO-HELMS.