HVAC Replacement – Cost, Efficiency, and Other Things to Consider
Many people make the move to replace their ancient HVAC system when it finally kicks the bucket. Unfortunately, the demise of most air conditioners transpires in the middle of a scorching summer or during the holidays when you need your furnace the most.
If this happens to you, then you won’t want to put off replacing it. Having a working heater is necessary for your family’s comfort. An immediate HVAC replacement is also especially imperative in high humidity areas where it’s a good idea to keep a little air conditioning going during the summer to discourage the breeding of mold; humidity can really be hard on woodwork and indoor air quality. This summer the L.A. times reported on the effects El Nino and humidity in Southern California.
Cost to replace your Heating and Air
Since you’re replacing your HVAC system anyway, why not take the opportunity to upgrade as well? Of course, there’s the HVAC replacement cost to consider. Bids for the work can cover simple replacement to complete home performance upgrades. One of the things that you may want to consider is the state of your duct work and insulation. There are aggressive energy efficiency rebates that come along with tightening and sealing your home.
Nonetheless, there’s more to consider than just the cost of replacement. There’s durability, of course. You’ll want your new HVAC unit to be robust and last a long time, so the actual value of your choice not only depends on the initial cost but on the years it will last so, equipment brand is important.
HVAC Equipment Efficiency
You can also expect gas prices to steadily climb so efficiency should be a huge consideration. If you live in a house that counts its life thus far in decades, you may be surprised at the difference in your utility bills that a newer HVAC system can bring.
HVAC technology from the ‘70s and ‘80s can actually be around 80 percent efficient, which is not bad for something that’s 40 years old, but today’s offerings could be 90 to 97 percent efficient. For this reason, you don’t want to just restore your system to status quo.
Part of your HVAC replacement cost would, of course, depend on the price of the unit you get. You can get a good midrange unit with a 16-SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating – the lower it is, the more energy you need to cool your home) air conditioner that would boost furnace efficiency to 90 percent. If you add a couple of thousand more, you can get a really high-end system that offers more features as well as optimum 97 percent efficiency.
At the end of the day, the true value of your replacement goes beyond the price tag. Hopefully, your budget will allow you to take into account the kind of service and efficiency you can get from a unit so you can go for a high-end choice.