Your HVAC system will, at some point, feel like it’s not doing a good enough job for your home, and you’ll probably start thinking about an upgrade. In this blog, Countryside Plumbing & Heating shares some of the questions you should ask yourself before upgrading your HVAC system.
Have I Been Using My HVAC System Correctly?
Each home has unique heating and cooling requirements, which means HVAC systems typically aren’t ready to be used out of the box. Adjustments have to be made to ensure that they provide the heating and cooling that homes need. As you make changes to your home down the road, usch as an expansion or an attic conversion, adjustments to heating and cooling settings need to be made.
Before you consider buying a new heater or air conditioner, check and make sure you’re using the correct settings. Floor areas that were expanded due to renovation will require higher HVAC output. Conversely, changes to your home’s insulation, as well as the addition of energy-efficient replacement windows, may require lower output. You could unintentionally be impeding airflow by placing furniture in front of ventilation vents, or perhaps you’re not making the most of it by not using fans.
Am I Keeping Up With Scheduled Maintenance?
HVAC systems are subject to wear and tear, and therefore require regular care and maintenance. Your HVAC contractor should have already recommended a maintenance routine, which typically consists of regular checkups, cleaning and tune-ups. Not keeping up with maintenance can result in inefficient operation, which can lead to low output and higher energy consumption. This often gives homeowners the impression that their heating and cooling systems are wearing down.
Have I Made Changes to My Home?
Major renovation can increase your home’s heating and cooling requirements to the point that your current model may not be enough and would now be considered undersized. In this case, you’ll need to upgrade your HVAC system. An undersized system will be constantly running at full capacity, which can result in premature failure and higher energy costs.
Call Countryside for Your Heating, Cooling and Plumbing Needs
Have you been searching online for “central air conditioner costs” to find out what it would take to upgrade your HVAC system? Call Countryside at (715) 246-2660 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.