When to Replace Your Entire HVAC System
Replacing your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioning system alone can be a major home investment. But are there times when you may want to replace your entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system? Although this may not be as common as replacing an individual component, the answer is yes; there are some cases where it may make sense to replace your entire HVAC system. The professionals at AiRCO Heating & Air Conditioning want to help you determine when this may be a smart decision. Here are some things to consider.
Age of Your Equipment
Both air conditioners and furnaces these days have an average life span of about 15 to 20 years. If both of your heating and cooling systems are nearing that two-decade mark, it may make sense to replace your entire HVAC system at one time. Many of the components such as the blower and the air duct system are shared by both the furnace or heat pump and air conditioner. As a result, it may be more labor efficient and cost effective to remove and replace all your equipment at one time.
Decision to Switch to High-Efficiency HVAC
Every year, both heating and AC equipment get more sophisticated and energy efficient. Check out the most recent offerings at ENERGY STAR® to discover how much you could save by upgrading your HVAC equipment. Or use the SEER Calculator on our website.
If you are replacing antiquated HVAC system with a high-efficiency system, it’s important to replace both your air conditioner and your furnace at the same time. High-efficiency furnaces typically come with variable speed blowers, which help to better regulate your HVAC usage. Since your blower is shared by both your furnace and air conditioning system, you will reap more benefits if both are replaced. An older air conditioner, for instance, cannot take advantage of a variable speed blower.
It’s also easier to integrate smart technology into a new HVAC system. For example, you may want to create a zoned heating or cooling system or incorporate a smart thermostat, which can be controlled remotely and programmed to your family’s comfort preferences.
New Heating and Cooling Needs
If your home has undergone recent renovations, including additions, your heating and cooling needs may have changed significantly since your older HVAC system was installed. It’s important that you run the proper size furnace and air conditioner for the space in your Round Rock home. This will ensure that your entire system works as efficiently as possible while providing the utmost comfort for you and your family.
In some Texas homes, either the air conditioner or the furnace can be awkwardly installed behind the other piece of equipment. For example, if your furnace is tucked in a corner with an air conditioning unit in front of it, you may need to remove air conditioning system in order to replace your furnace. As a result, it may make more economical sense to replace both units at once.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
If you find that you’re struggling with maintaining good indoor air quality, that can be a good reason to replace your entire HVAC system. Many new HVAC systems have the capability to include things like whole-house humidification or dehumidification systems and air purifiers. When this kind of equipment is added directly to your HVAC system, your heating and cooling appliances can take on the extra jobs of boosting air quality.
Talk to Us About Your Comfort Needs
Call our team at AiRCO Heating & Air Conditioning in Round Rock, TX. Our trained professionals would be happy to share the latest developments in HVAC equipment to help you make the best decision for your family. Call 512.537.1234 or schedule your service online today.