Every homeowner relies on the air conditioning unit in their home to lead a comfortable life. A perfect HVAC system should keep you warm and cozy in the summer and winter months. When it is time to replace one or both systems, some homeowners may be tempted to install the system that offers them the most trouble. As one prepares for substantial expenses, it is easy to believe that you can wait and replace the other system later. However, replacing both heating and AC systems even if one is still working perfectly can save money and energy in the end. Obviously, it is best to learn about newer technologies and to acquire good, professional advice about the perfect choice for your home. There are clear benefits and top reasons as to why it is more economical to replace a broken HVAC system completely.
HVAC Energy Efficiency
The heating and AC systems manufactured currently are highly efficient and use less energy compared to systems built ten to fifteen years ago. You can compare the efficiency of various air conditioning systems when shopping by checking the SEER rating. Contemporary systems have a minimum SEER number of 13, the minimum government prerequisite for cooling systems. The greater the SEER rating, the lesser the amount of energy used, and the lower the utility bills and operation costs. The furnaces’ rating is the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), a measure of seasonal performance. An AFUE of 90% or higher is recommended for a new, efficient furnace system. Heat pumps and boiler systems may have a slightly different recommended number. A contemporary furnace would last fifteen to twenty years, and a central AC system can last twelve to fifteen years, based on the quality and efficiency of the equipment.
Furnace and Air Conditioner Performance
Blending old and new technology would decrease the system’s performance. By only replacing one section of your HVAC system, you would effectively lower the performance of the entire system. When you couple a new, efficient system with an older system, the components would not match, and you will not be utilizing the new technology to its maximum potential.
Matched HVAC Systems Supplement Each Other
A central AC unit and a furnace system share similar air handlers and or blowers. Having a similar system with an efficient handler would allow both systems to function perfectly, offering you the home comfort you deserve.
Heating and Air Conditioning Saves Costs over Time
You will save money with a perfectly matched system since every component is made to work together for maximum efficiency with time. If repairs were required, both systems would be covered by the warranty.
Other Potential HVAC Issues
The non-replacement of both heat and air conditioning system with new, efficient parts can lead to frustrations, discomfort and unnecessary costs: Matching a newer system with an older one that is inefficient could potentially reduce the lifespan of the new system. Ensure you throughly understand your warranty from your HVAC company.