With a constant influx of newly incorporated technologies, HVAC specialists like Robaire Company are able to offer their clients more options than ever before. With so many options, your home’s HVAC system can and should be suited to meet your exact needs.
Unfortunately, many are hesitant when it comes to upgrading their home’s HVAC equipment, often for financial reasons. However, waiting too long for these upgrades can result in exponentially higher costs and bigger headaches for homeowners in the long run.
To help you avoid this, we’ve compiled a list of 5 sure signs that it’s time for an HVAC upgrade.
1. Soaring Monthly Bills
While initial equipment and installation costs may be the biggest deterrent for those avoiding necessary upgrades, it can actually cost way more to keep running and maintaining your old system.
Older units are a lot less efficient in terms of their energy consumption, which means your monthly expenditures in terms of both energy and bills will be way higher than they need to be. Newer HVAC technologies are designed to be more energy efficient and consumer friendly, and therefore less costly to operate.
Up-to-date equipment can save you exponentially more money by lowering your monthly energy bills.
2. Constant Maintenance Fees
In addition to higher monthly energy bills, your old equipment may be costing you tons in sporadic maintenance fees. The older your HVAC equipment is, the more you will be shelling out for general upkeep just to make sure it stays running.
While one repair at a time may not cost as much as a brand new system, multiple repairs over time will end up costing even more.
With newer, more reliable equipment, you’ll save a ton just by avoiding the constant need for maintenance and eliminating the fees that come with it.
3. Outdated or Old Equipment
The average lifespan of typical HVAC systems is right around 15 years, but this number is not a hard standard. Some HVAC systems last 5 years or less, and some are able to last more than 20. Essentially, it all depends on the overall quality of the equipment, how long it’s been running and how well it has been maintained.
If you know that your HVAC system is going on 15 years or older, it may be time to consider an upgrade, as your equipment almost certainly isn’t functioning as well as a newer model would.
If you’re not sure exactly how old your HVAC system is, it is well worth finding out to determine whether or not you may be due for an upgrade.
Apartments and rental properties (especially in large cities) are notorious for having outdated utilities. If you are renting and fear that you may be overpaying for your building’s ancient HVAC setup, you may want to ask your landlord about it and suggest they look into upgrades.
4. Uneven Home Temperatures
Another sign that your HVAC system may be in need of an upgrade is if your home has uneven temperatures throughout. If you’ve noticed that the temperature and air flow in your home varies drastically from room to room or floor to floor, this may be the result of inferior equipment.
The symptoms of uneven home temperatures are both physical and financial. For example, if one floor of your home heats/cools less efficiently than the other, it will feel significantly less comfortable. While cranking up your system may solve this problem for one floor, it displaces the temperature and comfort level of the other, not to mention raising your energy bills.
While the structure and layout of your home may play into this as well, your HVAC system is likely the main culprit.
5. Lack of Control
The fifth and final sign that it’s time to upgrade your HVAC has to do with the amount of control you have over your system’s functions, or rather a lack thereof. If your level of control over your HVAC is limited to the temperature setting on a single thermostat, you may want to look into some of the newer technologies available.
Many new HVAC systems come equipped with smart home technology, giving consumers the ability to precisely adjust temperature, humidity and more from room to room and floor to floor. It also allows you to preset these levels by date and time of day, and can often be controlled and adjusted from anywhere within your home, via phone or smart device.
By increasing the level of control you have over your HVAC, you will increase your system’s effectiveness and efficiency, and in turn, decrease your energy bill over time.
If you think your HVAC system may be due for an upgrade, look no further than the experts at Robaire. From consultations and financing options to installations and service plans, we’ve got you covered from start to finish. Click here to learn more or call (215) 269-6590 and schedule an appointment today!