Do you know how to measure for an upgrade? Is it time for a new system?

timeFor many, the end of the year is a time to reminisce and think about the way we’ve lived our lives; the way we’ve spent our time and the people we’ve enjoyed our year with. We often start to look through old photographs and think about past times. As you think, you will likely start to think back to the ways you once spent your time and the things you’ve had over the years. Old technology becomes something to feel sentimental about as you remember the newness and uniqueness of advancements in your home.

Yet, you probably wouldn’t want to go back in time if it meant giving up your new comforts. In fact, if you started to think about replacing your new TV or phone with the items you owned 20 years ago, you would probably not feel so sentimental about them anymore.  There’s a reason why we’re constantly developing new technology because as our needs change so does our ability to use technology. There’s no need to live in the past. Sometimes, you just have to upgrade.

Your homes HVAC system is often the last appliance to be noticed; yet it is an absolute necessity in many homes, especially living in Florida. HVAC systems are powerful and can handle a lot of stress, however, in time they still need to be replaced. Even if your HVAC system is pushing out fresh air it might not be running at peak capacity. The best, most cost effective, thing you could do is upgrade your HVAC—and you may want to make that upgrade even sooner than you might think.

Your AC: 10 Years Later

If you have had your AC for 10 years or more, then the laws regulating the efficiency of your HVAC system have changed in the time you’ve possessed yours.  Central HVAC units are regulated via the SEER, or seasonal energy-efficiency ratio. Window units are regulated based on the EER, or energy-efficiency ratio.  Current regulations mandate that central HVAC units provide a SEER of at least 14, while window units, the less efficient option of the two, are required to have a score of at least eight. If comparing systems and understanding the rating system, the higher the score, the more efficient the air conditioner.

Finding a cooling unit with a higher SEER score can mean major savings, both in your wallet and for the environment. Just increasing your SEER from a 10 to a 15 can mean more than $500 in annual energy costs, which adds up to 33% savings. This is $500 a year in your wallet. The cost of upgrading the system begins paying you back right away as your monthly energy bill is lowered.

Time for an Upgrade?

There are several methods to help you determine if it is time for an upgrade. First, think of the age of your HVAC system. If it is more than 10 years old, it is probably costing you money to keep it running. Be proactive and look into upgrading your system before it breaks down on you. Once your home is hot, you’ll be in a rush to find a system that will keep you and your family cool. With all of the great energy efficient options out there you’ll want time to make a choice. Make sure to consult a professional like All Weather Contractors for input about SEER ratings and installation.