To prevent higher than reasonable energy bills, people need to keep their HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) equipment in excellent conditions through proper check-ups and cleaning. However, this does not, always, guarantee high equipment efficiency, and it is inevitable that, at some point, people have to replace heating and cooling equipment. This said, the replacement of HVAC equipment should come with the help of HVAC professionals, who can recommend the best high-efficiency units and install the equipment.
When is it time to replace HVAC equipment?
Too many expensive repairs
Equipment should operate efficiently without going for repair frequently. The equipment, whether a heater, furnace, boiler or air conditioner, should function as quietly as possible (close to when it was new), consume energy efficiently and stay running for as long as needed. When equipments start making weird noises, breaks down if they run longer than a few hours, not to mention need repairs every so often, their time for replacement is due. Too many costly repairs beat the essence of saving money as the small expenses incurred during the repairs amount to a large amount of money in the long run. Again, failing equipment consume more power, which results in higher energy bills, and replacing them, saves money, ultimately.
Over 10-20 years old
Some heaters and furnaces have a lifetime of over 15 years while compressors may have up to 10 years validity. The essence of time has two implications here. Older equipment becomes less efficient than new ones. The older an equipment is the older its technology compared to current inventions. This said, older equipment should be replaced when they become inefficient or consume power inefficiently, which translates to higher energy bills. Modern high-efficiency units have features and energy saving operations, which save people energy expenses while giving excellent output.
Programmable thermostats, a more recent invention, help consumers save energy by making desired settings that set off automatically. HVAC equipment that does not have automatic thermostats, or any thermostats should have the owner adopt automatic programmable thermostats or replace the older version thermostats with programmable ones. A programmable thermostat does not need a person to make adjustments, manually, or switch on/ off the equipment, but rather works on its automated memory. Thermostats can, thus, be set to control HVAC equipment running even when people are not around; saving energy consumption.
Whereas people can almost tell when their equipment function less than standard, and probably need replacement, HVAC professionals can help pinpoint the problem accurately, and give relevant advice. The advice may include replacement, instead of repair, of worn-out equipment as well as an excellent choice of high-efficiency units (such as those with Energy Star label). HVAC professionals, also, help with the removal of old equipment and installation of new ones.