Are you wondering whether it’s time to change out your old cooling system? Has it become noisy or less efficient? If you think your cooling system might just be ready to kick the bucket, read the list below to see how your cooling system measures up.
Are repairs and bills getting costly?
If you feel like you’re paying a good chunk of your maintenance man’s yearly salary, it may be time to replace your old system. Repairs to your air conditioning system should not exceed 50% the cost of a new system. If you find yourself paying more for maintenance and repairs, you should consider getting a whole new HVAC system installed.
Furthermore, take a look at your energy bills. If they seem to be creeping up without any increased use on your part, your system may be wearing out and becoming less efficient.
Are you freezing or overheating?
Can’t get a consistent temperature throughout your home? If you notice hot and cold spots or you just can’t seem to regulate the temperature, your heating and cooling systems could be in need of replacement. Humidity issues and a thicker coating of dust around your home could also point to an inefficient systems or leaky ducts. A good cooling system should keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the day.
Can you get with a program?
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you are missing out on a great opportunity to lower you energy bill. When no one is home, programmable thermostats can lower the temperature automatically, saving you money that is better spent elsewhere. Older cooling systems may not be compatible with programmable thermostats.
Are you living with a lot of racket?
If you are hearing constant clunks, grinding, or other mechanical background noise in your vents, you may need to say good-bye to your old system to get back your peace and quiet. Noisiness can be caused by improperly functioning elements within your HVAC system.
Is your cooling system over ten years old?
If your cooling system is over a decade old, consider replacing it with a more efficient model. Find an Energy Star model. You not only get a fully functioning system, but you can also save up to 20 percent on the cost of operation.
A new cooling system keeps your energy costs down, helps the environment, and promotes improved air quality in your home. Consult a professional if you think your cooling system should be replaced.