You may be tempted to wait until your HVAC system breaks down completely to upgrade to a newer system. Since your HVAC system is one of the largest investments in your home, it’s not something you want to have to replace unexpectedly. Planning ahead and upgrading it on your terms can save you money and cause less stress.
You Need to Upgrade to Improve Your Home’s Resale Value
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If you’re planning to sell your home eventually, a new HVAC system is a good investment as a homeowner. A new HVAC system can help sell your home faster and for a higher price. Homebuyers like to see energy-efficient upgrades, and they also don’t want to have to worry about fixing or replacing big-ticket items soon after they move in.
You Have to Save Money on Utility Costs
A new unit will reduce your monthly utility bills. Assuming your current unit is around 15 years old, it won’t have the efficiency levels of a new system. Further, an HVAC system naturally loses efficiency over time.
Even if the new system has the same SEER rating as the previous system, the current system wouldn’t be able to compete because of its age. Although you will pay the upfront cost of the system, you will get your investment back month by month through utility savings.
You Need to Improve the Comfort in Your Home
As systems age, the ability to heat or cool your home effectively lessens. Homes with older systems tend to have hot or cold spots throughout the home. You may crank up the heater but feel only moderately warm air coming from your air vents.
Sometimes older systems aren’t sized correctly, a problem which could also lead to poor cooling and heating capabilities. A new HVAC system will be sized correctly, and since it’s new, it will provide optimal comfort in your home.
You Want Your HVAC System to Give You Peace of Mind
HVAC systems don’t break down at your convenience. They break down on the hottest or coldest days of the year when you don’t have money saved up to replace it.
Start shopping well before your current HVAC system breaks down. Doing so gives you the chance to know how much you should expect to spend and decide what option is best for you. Instead of a traditional system, you may want to upgrade to a heat pump or a ductless air conditioning system. Shopping early keeps you from making a spur-of-the-moment decision and not having options.
You Want to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Older systems can have a negative effect on your indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, and debris accumulate over time, and older systems aren’t as effective at stopping this material from circulating throughout your home. You can also see more clogs in older systems. Finally, older systems don’t circulate air as well as newer systems, which is one way to prevent poor indoor air quality.
If you have an aging HVAC system, start shopping now for a new system. You can educate yourself on advances in HVAC technology and make an educated decision on your new system purchase.