A common question of a typical homeowner is when is the proper time to replace heating and cooling equipment in a residence? The reality is that a variety of factors come into play when a person faces the questing of whether or not to replace HVAC equipment in the home.
Age of Equipment
The most basic criteria to apply when considering whether the time has arrived to get new heating or cooling equipment in a home is age. According to the Department of Energy – EPA joint Energy Star program, a person will want to consider replacing a heat pump or air conditioner that is more than 10 years old. Similarly, a homeowner needs to consider replacing a furnace or boiler that is 15 years or older.
Frequent Repairs and Higher Energy Bills
Two other reasons why a homeowner needs to give serious consideration to replacing heating and cooling equipment are the need for frequent repairs or higher energy bills. The fact is that these two elements oftentimes exist at the same time.
In this day and age, a person is able to purchase one or another of the different high-efficiency units available on the market. The new equipment will lessen the need for recurring repairs. Moreover, these high-efficiency units save money and leave a much small carbon footprint as well.
Humidity Problems and Excessive Dust
Humidity related problems in a residence is also a signal sign that the time may have arrived for equipment replacement. This includes both a home interior that is unusually humid or damp as well as one that is far drier that historically was the case.
In addition, is accumulating in a home, this is also a potential warning sign that heating and cooling equipment is not functioning up to par and needs to be replaced.
Noisy Operation of Heating or Cooling Systems
As is the case with nearly all types of equipment, when heating and cooling system are older and not working up to speed, that equipment makes unusual noises when in operation. This noise when operating represents another sign that equipment replacement is necessary.
Uneven Heating or Cooling in a Residence
A very common sign that home heating and cooling systems are in need of replacement rests in the manner in which they actually heat and cool a home. A red flag that the time has come for replacement rests in a situation in which the heating and cooling of a residence is uneven.
A heating and cooling professional can be of vital assistance in determining if the time has come for new equipment in a home. In addition, such a professional can assist a person in selecting the most appropriate heating and cooling equipment for a residence.
In looking at replacement options, a homeowner should consider system that include a programmable thermostat for optimal efficiency. A consumer can obtain more information on replacement units through the Energy Star program. More heating and cooling systems on the market today have Energy Star ratings, which address their efficiency, cost and impact on the environment.