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Posted on: November 7, 2013

If your current heating and cooling system is more than 10 years old or isn’t keeping your home’s interior temperatures comfortable, then it may be time for a new system.

Heating and cooling units begin showing their age by failing to provide consistent temperatures in your home and frequently break down. A noisy system is another sign that your unit is beginning to age. Also, most manufacturers say the average life of a residential system is 12-15 years.  In addition, if your energy bills are increasing, then you should consider shopping for a new system.

Signs that it is Time to Replace Your Unit

Technician working on air conditioner unit

The Advantages of New Heating and Cooling Equipment

For your Deleon Springs home, you have several heating and cooling equipment options to consider purchasing. For instance, if your furnace is working well, then a new evaporator coil and condenser may be the option of choice.  A heat pump is ideal for Florida’s mild winters as it also provides warm and cold air.

By updating your heating and cooling system, you can decrease your heating and cooling cost by up to 50 percent. Furthermore, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing repairs should not be of concern for a while.  Since your new unit will use less energy to run, your home will be more environmentally friendly.  If your home has any areas with temperature differences when the system is changed, then it is the time to address the problem with duct modifications.

SEER Ratings

When buying a new unit, consider the system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, rating. Systems with higher ratings will run more efficiently, and as a result, they will cost you less to operate. However, you will pay more to buy the unit. In 2006, the federal government created a requirement that new central air conditioners must feature a minimum SEER rating of 13. Today, you can buy units with ratings that are as high as 23. If you have an older unit with a SEER rating of 8, then you’ll pay more than $17,000 to operate the unit over its lifetime while a system with a SEER rating of 13 will cost you no more than $11,500 to run during its lifespan. If you buy a unit that has a SEER level of 20, then you’ll spend around $7,900 to operate the system over its lifetime.

Installation

Once you decide to replace your heating and cooling unit, your installer should assess your home to determine the correct system size. In fact, an expert installer is likely to use the Manual J calculation process, which will prevent you from buying a unit that is oversized or undersized. During the assessment, your installer will consider the number of windows, wall construction, attic insulation, floor type, house orientation and other factors.

Keep in mind that if your home is older and this is its first heating and cooling unit, then extensive installation is needed. The system will need ductwork from the air handler to each room of your home that requires warm or cold air. Furthermore, your installer will route the ductwork underneath your floor or through your attic.

Maintenance Recommendations

After purchasing a new system, you can extend the life of your heating and cooling unit by scheduling regular service. During a maintenance call, your servicer will clean the system’s exterior section to eliminate debris from inside the unit and clean the condenser coil. The interior units, evaporator coil, and drain system will be cleaned.

A heating and cooling servicer will likely change your unit’s air filter with a replacement that features a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, rating. When your air filter features a high MERV rating, the device will remove more particles from your home’s indoor air. In fact, if you change the air filter, then consider purchasing a mechanism with a MERV rating of at least five. Inexpensive air filters that have a MERV grade from one to four will not remove particles that are smaller than 10 microns. However, air filters that are rated from five to eight will remove particles that are as small as 3 microns. The most efficient filters have ratings that are from 13 to 16. They will remove microns that are as small as .3.

Conclusion

Once your new heating and cooling unit is installed, your home’s interior temperatures will be comfortable year-round. Furthermore, if you’re replacing an old unit, then your home’s energy costs will be lower.