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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Repair or Replace Your Heating & Air System?

The decision to repair or replace your heating and air system can be a difficult decision to make without knowing all the facts.  Questions like, how old is my system?  is my system leaking?  will replacing my system now be more expensive than the cost of repair for the next couple of years?  I have included a great article that covers these issues and gives some great advice for this all important decision.  Like I said before, this is great info for you the customer, so read and take heed.

Repair Vs. Replace

Is your heating and cooling system not running optimally? You could be wasting money. Is it circulating low quality air through your home, and consuming more energy than necessary? Try calling a professional contractor to help you upgrade your HVAC system if;
  • Your air conditioning unit or heat pump is older than 10 years.
    • Replacing an old system with a new high-efficiency unit that uses the eco-friendly R4 10A refrigerant should translate into big savings. Depending on what you're replacing and what you replace it with, you can save up to 50% on your cooling costs.
  • Your boiler or furnace is older than 15 years.
    • You might want to install a new high-efficiency furnace. They are at least 15% more efficient than conventional furnaces and typically, the older the system, the less efficient.
    • Looking at a boiler? Standard models are 5% less efficient than a high-efficieny boiler.
  • You  frequently repair equipment and your energy bills cintinue to climb. (Doesn't everybody's?).
    • With all these repairs, your cooling and heating equipment may have become less efficient. It might be time to consider AC and heating system replacement.
  • You have rooms in your home that are too hot or cold.  Any of these could be the cause:
    • Improper equipment operation
    • Duct problems
    • Inadequate insulation
  • There is no one home for long periods of time. Do you have a programmable thermostat?
    • From basic to touch-screen, a good contractor can install and instruct you on a programmable thermostats use. Start saving energy and money while you're away or sleeping.
  • You notice more dust than usual in your home.
    • Distributing air through your house with poorly sealed ductwork may be pulling particles from attics, crawl spaces or basements while also congesting your equipment. Check out our Indoor Air Quality section to get educated on the subject.
  • You hear your air conditioner or heater running, or frequently kick on and off.
    • Undersized return air or ductwork could be the problem. Maybe it’s the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.

This article is from http://www.acdoctor.com/pages.php?pageid=120

I hope this great article was helpful, and as always if you have any questions don't hesitate to call us!



1 comment:

  1. Two major determinants of your long-term satisfaction with HVAC equipment will always be the quality of the original load calculations and the installation followed up with regularly scheduled maintenance.