Particularly 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.
While 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.