At some point, your HVAC system may seem like it’s not cooling or heating your home, and shortly you’d be considering an upgrade. In this blog, local AC repair company McLay shares the questions you should ask yourself before you upgrade your HVAC system.
Have I Been Using My HVAC System Correctly?
Every home has its own unique set of heating and cooling requirements. This means tweaks and adjustments needed to be made to your HVAC to make sure that its settings match your home’s requirements. As your home changes—a loft conversion here, a new bathroom there—so does its heating and cooling requirements.
Before you consider an upgrade, make sure your HVAC system has the correct settings. If the room temperature feels uncomfortable, make sure you didn’t set the temperature too low or too high. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure it’s set to lower temperatures at night for a more comfortable night’s sleep. Also, make sure you’re optimizing airflow by keeping vents unobstructed, as well as using fans to maintain air currents in the room. Even if your HVAC system isn’t up to date with current HVAC technology trends, it can provide sufficient heating and cooling with the right settings.
Am I Keeping Up With Maintenance?
HVAC systems are subject to wear and tear. Regular maintenance helps minimize its effects and can prolong the service life of your HVAC system. HVAC systems that lack maintenance are generally less efficient: they have low output and high energy or fuel consumption. They also give the impression that they’re not enough for the job. On the other hand, well-maintained HVAC systems can provide the benefits newer ones offer, and are less likely to require an upgrade.
Have I Made Changes to My Home?
If the aforementioned change to your home makes too much of a difference that it places your heating and cooling requirements in a different category, then an upgrade may be in order. There are other signs that you should look out for. A room may take a lot longer to cool or heat, or perhaps you find yourself constantly increasing HVAC output just to make your home somewhat comfortable. Your local contractor can help you choose the HVAC that’s appropriate to your home’s size.