If you’re not staying comfortable in your own home or could stand to save some money (and, let’s face it, who couldn’t?), ask yourself these important questions to detect a soon-to-be-dead HVAC system.
- Is your HVAC system more than 10 years old?
- Is your AC unit no longer keeping you comfortable?
It’s possible that your current unit is undersized for the amount of space you have to cool.
- Is your HVAC system running frequently?
You might reason that with Dallas temperatures, it should be. But if it’s running too often or switches on and off a lot, there may be an issue with your equipment.
- Are your energy bills higher than you think they should be?
It’s likely that your system is losing efficiency in its efforts to keep your family comfortable. This trend isn’t going to reverse.
- Have you had frequent air conditioning service and repairs?
Your current heating and cooling equipment might be deteriorating.
- Are some rooms too hot or too cold?
Improper equipment operation, poor insulation and duct problems all contribute to this problem.
- Is your home too humid?
Dallas temperatures and humidity should be contained to their element: the outdoors. Poor system operation and inadequate equipment make the air too dry or too humid based on the temperature.
Older heating and air conditioning systems are inefficient users of energy – and, ultimately, your hard-earned dollars. They’re also potentially close to dying.
It’s possible that if you answered “yes” to many of these questions, replacing your HVAC system is the right solution. Even if only one of them rings true for you, it’s in your best interest to have your system inspected. If repairs aren’t an option, there are, thankfully, many positives to installing a new system.
New high-efficiency HVAC systems give you much greater control over the cooling and heating of your home. They allow you to regulate the temperature and humidity as well as program your thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature based on your schedule.
Not only do you have more control to manage your comfort, but also the multi-stage operation and variable-speed blowers of modern systems allow a more even distribution of temperature throughout your home. In addition, they run more quietly and take up less of your space.
Older cooling and heating systems use an R-22 refrigerant, which has an unfortunate impact on the environment. New HVAC systems aren’t built with such a component and are far more environmentally friendly.
Of course, there is also a financial impact. A new heating and cooling system helps you save money while conserving energy. Your savings could be as high as 50 percent. Plus, an all-electric heat pump doesn’t need a flue or vent to rid exhaust gases, which reduces your installation cost. It’s also much safer.
It’s possible that your HVAC system may only require some repairs, but these warning signs are good indicators of whether your unit is ready to die. If you’re concerned, talk to an expert. It’s critical to keep cool in Dallas’ sweltering heat and stay comfortable in your own home.
For more information about assessing the health of your HVAC system or to schedule an AC tune-up, contact the On Time Experts! Your very own Comfort Consultant is standing by to help keep your family comfortable year-round.