During the winter, your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system is one of the most important features in your home. These systems age and become less efficient with time. Though they can last for many years, it’s important to be aware of how well it’s working and when it’s time for a repair or a replacement.
Here are five factors that might make right now the ideal time to replace or upgrade your HVAC system:
1. Your House is Chilly
If your home is feeling colder than it used to, it may be time for an energy consultation. There are a number of reasons for a chilly home, including drafty windows, insufficient insulation or an inadequate HVAC system. An energy consultation can determine what updates would be most beneficial for you.
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2. Your Heating Bill is Higher Than You Think it Should Be
Small decreases in efficiency aren’t always easy to detect right away, but over time, they can make a big difference. One way to check how well your HVAC system is holding up is to review your monthly heating and cooling costs. If you notice your bill has been trending upward, it could be time for a furnace repair or replacement.
3. Your Fuel Reserve Runs Out Quicker
If you use propane or heating oil to fuel your furnace, you may have a general idea of how long your supply typically lasts. If you notice you need to schedule deliveries closer together than you used to, it might be because your system isn’t operating efficiently anymore. This could be an indicator that it’s time for an upgrade.
4. It’s Getting Colder Outside
If you think it’s time to update your HVAC system, it’s best to do this before winter. Cold conditions will require your furnace to work harder to keep your home comfortable. If the system is already on a decline, the change in seasons might be more than it can handle. But no one wants to deal with a dying furnace in February – it’s best to take care of this now, while the weather is still friendly and while you can still enjoy the benefits throughout the season.
5. Your HVAC System is More Than a Decade Old
Each element in your heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems has a lifespan, and when these items near their end, they decrease in efficiency. According to Energy Star, the typical air conditioner or heat pump lasts about 10 years. Furnaces and boilers last a bit longer – approximately 15 years.
Equipment may age more quickly or slowly depending on their environment and how often they’re used. It’s best to have these systems inspected annually by a professional to see what kind of condition they’re in.
Are you ready to replace your HVAC system? Reach out to SMO Energy – we’ll help you assess your current system to determine what would most benefit you and your home.