Replacing Your Old AC: When and How

What is an AC UnitParticularly in areas like Savannah, GA where our climate can range from months of high temperatures and humidity in summer to weeks of below freezing in winter, having a high quality and properly functioning HVAC system is a must. Like any equipment, especially those with several moving parts that are operating nearly 24/7, HVAC systems will eventually need to be replaced even if properly maintained. While some high quality systems can last 20 years or more, the average life expectancy for newer models is 12-15 years.

Often times HVAC systems can be serviced and some parts such as heat pumps and coil housing can be replaced, extending the life of the overall system. Keeping the units clean, changing air filters and keeping drain lines from being clogged will all help your system to run as efficiently as possible. More maintenance tips can be found here.

The fix or replace debate should factor in both comfort and cost considerations. When you notice your system running loudly like it is struggling to keep up, the air flowing from vents is not as hot or cold as it once was, or the force of the air itself seems diminished, your system is not running properly. Unfortunately, you will continue to pay the full operating costs to run the system with electricity or gas while not enjoying the full comfort benefits. In fact, you’re likely to be paying even more since the system is constantly cycling on and off in an attempt to achieve the desired temperatures.

Energy StarWhile not necessarily cheap, replacing an entire HVAC system is an investment in your home and comfort. Every year technology improves and the newest models are increasingly more efficient. Energy savings can often amount to several hundred dollars per year. For estimates on how much you may be able to save with a new system, visit www.energystar.gov. In addition, some efficiency certified models may qualify you to receive federal tax credits. These savings and credits can help you offset the upfront cost of a new system and installation. Think you may be selling your home in the next 5 years? Often times homeowners who are trying to add value to their house before listing it on the market will make improvements to the HVAC system – why not make that investment now and enjoy the clean, perfectly cooled or heated air and energy savings while you still live in the home?

When HVAC systems fail unexpectedly, we are quickly reminded how much of a difference they make in the comfort of our home lives. Further, they tend to break down when put under the most stress during the seasons they’re working the hardest. If you’re ready to replace your system or would like to have a tech come out to inspect and maintain it, now is the perfect time before the heat really sets in and service providers are extra busy. Please give us a call if we can help you in any way.

Programmable Thermostats – The Why and How

Anyone with a standard thermostat is probably familiar with the scenario of waking up in the middle of the night from overheating in bed. It’s not uncommon. Perhaps it was a cold Winter evening when you cranked up the heat to °78F, and forgot about it completely. The next thing you know, you’re waking up covered in sweat, and your bill has just climbed a little higher this month.

No one enjoys these happenstances, so how can we avoid it? Luckily there is an alternative which still includes the ability to have heat when you need it, and preserve it when you don’t; programmable thermostats.

What is a programmable Thermostat?

Despite the conceptual simplicity of this device, not many people know about them, or have heard about them, but haven’t had the chance to learn more info.

A programmable thermostat is a device which at first glance, looks like an ordinary temperature controller, often in a white casing on the wall. Unlike ordinary thermostats however, these mechanism allows the owner to designate different heating/air conditioning settings to different times of the day.

Nearly half of all the energy costs in your home can come from heating! Luckily with devices such as these, you can save literally hundreds a year by simply scheduling your home to be ten degrees cooler while you’re at work!

What to look for in a programmable thermostat?

As with all other technology, there is a wide variety of thermostats you can buy, with different sets of features, and an equally wide range of cost.

As far as cost is concerned, the base range is only 25$! For that price, you can get a basic, but good system that will save you tons!

Features that can add to the price (but can be ultimately useful):

  • 7 day programmability (able to set up a different schedule for each day of the week)
  • An energy consumption monitor
  • backlit display
  • Wifi connection (allowing you to adjust temperature from your mobile devices)

If you have further questions about programmable thermostats, please send us an email or give us a call! We’re happy to supply anyone and everyone with professional advice and insights to heating, air conditioning, and air conditioning repair.

Financing Your Replacement HVAC: Savannah Options

The summer is here, and having a working HVAC system is more important than ever! you don’t want your house to be melting on the inside, and air system services are the quickest and most effective way to keeping the whole family comfortable and happy!

Unfortunately, even when properly maintained, HVAC systems can eventually break down due to simple wear and tear. It’s simply the way of technology and cannot be avoided. If you aren’t sure how to maintain your HVAC on a regular basis, check out our blog article, “Regular Air Conditioner & HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money”

So what do you do if the worst happens?What if the unit breaks down beyond repair, and even calling a professional can’t help? The answer is simple, even though most people aren’t too fond of it; your unit needs to be replaced!

This can be a little intimidating for most modest homeowners. HVAC units can cost a pretty penny to purchase and install, since it’s not recommended to perform those steps without the help of an HVAC professional. Don’t worry, even if you may not be able to afford the entire cost up front of a new HVAC unit, luckily there are alternative financing options!

Here at McCalls Heating and Air, we’ve teamed up with Wells Fargo, to bring heating and air conditioning systems to every type of home with HVAC replacement financing plans! These plans will make it easier for homeowners of any and all means to be able to afford comfortable living conditions in the summer and winter alike!

With these plans:

– It only takes five minutes for approval

– Anyone is eligible

– Payment time period can range from 15-60 months

– There are many different options for different interest rates

– Everything in the delivery and installation of your new HVAC system is included in the plan (not in a premium)

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Even if you are particularly unsure of your credit score, and eligibility, we offer a guaranteed financing, which simply involves proof of income and residence. While this plan has less requirements, it will take longer.


If you want to learn more or apply for HVAC replacement financing, contact us by email through our website!