When should you upgrade your HVAC system?

When your HVAC system struggles to keep you comfortable there is a big choice to make: do you replace or repair it? Sometimes a trusted model is worth repairing, but in many cases, a new furnace or air conditioner is the better option. Know which option is best to help keep your home safe, comfortable and efficient.

DR Heat & Air Ltd in Calgary is a professional HVAC company with qualified mechanics ready to offer their expertise whether you need maintenance, repairs, or a whole new system. They share some tips to know when to upgrade your furnace or air conditioner:

Your system is 20 years or older

Every person who owns a home has a list of things they want to improve in their home. At DR Heat & Air we say at the 20-year mark your furnace and/or air conditioner should be added to this list. It does not need to be at the top of the list but is worth budgeting for. There are a number of reasons 20 years is a great time to consider the replacement of your HVAC equipment.

One reason is technological advancement. As with all industries, the equipment we are installing today bears little resemblance to what we installed 20+ years ago. Furnaces and air conditioners have become quieter, more efficient, safer to operate and they offer greater control over the comfort in our homes. Another reason to consider replacement is that manufacturers are only required to make replacement parts for a period of time after the last unit of a model comes off the line.

Once your furnace or air conditioner is 20 years old it could fall into the category where manufacturers are making replacement parts only as long as it is economically feasible. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a situation with a furnace that failed in sub-zero temperatures and now you do not have the flexibility to choose the furnace or the installer that will serve your home best. You may be stuck with whoever can show up first and that is not a great way to choose an appliance that will control your comfort for the next 20+ years.

Your bills are going up

Higher energy bills are a sign that your air conditioner or furnace may need repairs or replacing. Older models can’t run as efficiently as the latest technology. Newer and more efficient models can help save money and possibly even space in the utility room. A qualified HVAC mechanic will help you choose the right model to suit your home size, your budget and your comfort needs. Your new system can deliver a greater comfort experience while driving your utility bills down.

Your home isn’t fully comfortable

Has your home started feeling more dry than usual, or there’s excess dust in the air? Do you find that some rooms aren’t as warm as others or the temperature seems to fluctuate between too warm and too cool even though the thermostat setting has not changed? That’s likely the result of needed repairs or missing features in your system. A qualified HVAC mechanic can help diagnose the issues with your system and determine if some adjustments or repairs can solve the issue or if a new system is the best solution. Once you have a new furnace or air conditioner you should consider scheduling regular maintenance to keep the system clean and in top shape. Indoor air quality features can also be added to help maintain clean, fresh indoor air.

Your system is not ENERGY STAR

Choosing ENERGY STAR models is an easy and cost-effective way to outfit your home with money-saving benefits. If you are happy with your brand but it’s starting to get old, you can replace it with a certified model. You still get a familiar air conditioner or furnace that you know how to operate however it’s now much more efficient.

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As a family-owned and operated HVAC company operating since 2004, DR Heat & Air understands the importance of a clean, safe, efficient and comfortable home. They are fully skilled and trained in installations, repairs, maintenance and more when it comes to HVAC systems. With their integrity, knowledge, and professionalism you can rest assured your home is in the right hands.

Call DR. Heat & Air today!

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