Questions to Ask Before Getting an HVAC System Replacement
Posted on July 24, 2014
Eventually, the time will come when you will need an HVAC system replacement. Whether it’s because of old age, wear and tear or efficiency issues, an HVAC system replacement may be in the cards for you. But before you even consider doing so, ask yourself some basic questions before you take the plunge.
- How old is your system? Modern HVAC systems are incredibly efficient, the best of which are in the 90-plus percentile range. If your system is 15 to 20 years old, the chances are that your system is less than 80 percent efficient, and it may be cost effective to upgrade into a newer modern high efficient Energy Star model.
- Should you replace the entire system at once? Absolutely! While it may seem cost effective to only replace a part of the system, like either the furnace or the outdoor A/C unit, modern HVAC systems are balanced by using components that are tested and calibrated together. You may save money in the short run by only replacing a part of your system, but the efficiency loss by using mismatched components may drive your overall energy bill to the sky.
- Do you need the same sized system when it is replaced? Not necessarily. If you have “tuned up” your house by doing insulation upgrades, getting modern energy efficient windows and sealing up your home, a smaller HVAC system replacement may work just as well and be more efficient in the process.
- What type of system do you need? In most cases if your home is supplied by natural gas, a standard gas HVAC furnace will fit the bill. But if you have a whole house electric heating system, you may be able to use a heat pump instead.
Many questions like overall system size, efficiency, cost to run the system and finding out your options, can only be answered by a qualified HVAC contractor. At Comfort Systems, we will have the answers to all of your questions relating to price, installation, service and warranties. Serving the Wichita area since 1953, we specialize in HVAC, plumbing, geothermal and solar.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC system replacements and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.