Benefits of Replacing Dated Units
Although replacing your entire system with a new HVAC installation may seem like an overwhelming and stressful endeavor, it can actually be one of the greatest changes for your home. Replacing old units is safer, easier, and often cheaper than running them into the ground.
- Saves you money on your energy bill – You want to make sure your system is performing at its most efficient level, you also want to save money. This is the two-fer of a new HVAC system. It saves you money in utility costs, while keeping you comfortable.
- More comfort – Today’s HVAC systems can provide more even temperatures throughout your home than older systems. You can precisely adjust temperatures for rooms throughout your home, times of day, days of the week, etc.
- Reduced noise – Newer HVAC systems are almost silent. They have high-tech sound absorbing materials to keep their motor and running noises to a minimum. No more turning up the TV every time the AC fan kicks on.
- More “green” options; More energy efficient – New high-efficiency HVAC systems use about a third less fuel as compared to older models. So, not only are you saving money in the long run, but you are also reducing your carbon footprint and producing less waste.
- Wider variety of add-ons; programmable thermostats, humidifiers, etc. – Thermostats have come a long way in recent years. Today, you can program the thermostat to remain at a temperature that limits energy consumption while you’re at work. Then turn it on while you’re sitting in traffic. You can shut it off while on vacation, and have the house comfortable by the time you land. All you have to do is pull out your smartphone to adjust anytime, anywhere.
- Higher resale value – If you are planning to sell your home anytime soon, it’s worth replacing your system. You’ll be able to recoup part of the costs in resale, and chances are your buyers will ask you to replace it anyway.
- Tax credit – In some areas, you can get a serious tax credit for disposing of old, inefficient systems and replacing them with high-efficiency options. This is definitely worth looking into to see if you can actually get paid to install a new HVAC.
- More extended warranties – With today’s units, you don’t have to worry about it going out next year and replacing it again. Most manufacturers will offer extended warranties that give you peace of mind moving forward.
Different Types of HVAC Systems
Long gone are the days of using fire or an open window to heat and cool your home. Today, there are several different options when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. Each system has a specific purpose so you can find the one that suits your home or business.
This is the most common system. It is made up of an outdoor unit containing the condenser and compressor, and an indoor unit containing the evaporator coil and blower connected to a furnace. If you need a furnace, but not AC this is the most efficient and cheapest system.
Hybrid Heat Pump System
In this system, there is a heat pump powered by electricity and used in conjunction with a furnace. The heat pump is the primary source of heating and cooling, but when the temperature drops below a certain temperature, the furnace kicks in to produce heat. This is great when you need an AC, but it doesn’t dip below 40 degrees very often.
This does not use ductwork to heat or cool a home. Instead, individual units are placed in specific rooms that are connected to an outdoor unit with small tubes that carry the refrigerant. This can be a great option if you only need to cool one or two rooms.
A packaged HVAC system contains the compressor, condenser, and evaporator all in one unit, often located on a roof or near the foundation of the building or home. This is a great option for homes that do not have the required space for separate components like in a split system.
Each of these systems is great for their intended purposes but are not all intended for every situation. For expert advice on which type of system is best for your Indiana or Kentucky home, use our selector to find local, licensed HVAC contractors in your area.
How much does a new heating and air conditioning system cost?
Any homeowner knows that a new HVAC system will hurt their wallet, but it is a necessary expense to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. For an entirely new system, which includes air conditioner, furnace, and ductwork the average price ranges from $6,000 to $8,000. This can increase based on where you live, the size of your house, brand, contractor installation fees, and level of efficiency of the system.
While the price is high, it’s important to understand the factors that make up that cost. It could help lessen the blow a bit.
- Size: Bigger is more expensive, but doesn’t always mean it’s better. If you purchase a unit that is too big for your space, you’ll overpay on your utility costs each month. You want to choose the correct size based on your square footage and climate.
- Quality: There are luxury brands and budget brands, each brand offers something slightly different. The best HVAC brands will last 18-25 years and come with a more comprehensive warranty. Budget brands may only last 10 years or so, but the overall cost is lower.
- Performance: HVAC units are measured with a “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating” or a SEER rating. This score determines whether they outperform other models by the same manufacturer. A SEER score of 13-15 is the lowest performing whereas scores of 20-24 are the top performers.
- Efficiency: This is a combination of choosing the right size and the right unit for your climate. Efficiency is measured in BTUs and is usually determined by the climate you live in. If you live in a hotter climate, you need a system with a higher BTU (22-30).
Your Comfort is our Priority
Don’t let your HVAC system stress you out. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether it’s time to replace your system, or simply make a fix to keep running it. You can easily make this determination by diagnosing the problem and running the numbers. Sometimes replacing your system will bring hidden benefits you had not even considered. If it is time to replace, determine the best type, size, and features of your new system and don’t forget to check for tax incentives as well.
If an HVAC repair or HVAC system replacement is in your future, find a professional, local, licensed HVAC contractor to keep your home comfortable all year round.