The HVAC system in your home plays an important role in helping you stay comfortable and breathing easy. When it's time for an upgrade, there are signs that will appear and become obvious. If you're wondering whether or not it's time for an HVAC system upgrade for your Charleston, SC, home, look for the following seven signs.
HVAC System Is Getting Old
If you take pride in managing your disposable income, you'll want to ensure that your big-ticket appliances are going to make it to the end of their lifespan. An HVAC unit is expected to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If yours has reached that age, it is time to consider an upgrade.
The HVAC industry is heavily intertwined with the technology field. Several advances have been made in HVAC units that are worth considering. The newer units are energy-efficient focused, aesthetically pleasing and typically save 20% or more on your energy costs.
Older HVAC units are noisier than the newer models. Even so, they should not make unusual sounds. If you hear rattling noises, for example, it means that something could be loose, which is a bad sign.
If you hear screeching, grinding or loud banging sounds, they are not good signs either. They are red flags that it is time for a repair or upgrade.
Your HVAC system, no matter its age, should never produce odd smells. If there are burning smells, it could mean that the wiring is melting. If there are musty smells, it could mean that there is bacteria growing inside the unit.
The best way to find out is to have a professional like us come in and take a look. If it is time for an upgrade, we will let you know.
Constant HVAC System Repairs Are Needed
When our customers would like us to keep repairing their current HVAC unit, we will oblige. When the repairs become constant, however, this is a sign that it is time for an upgrade. Instead of spending your money on recurring repairs, your money will be better spent investing in a new unit that will offer you peace of mind.
Higher Energy Costs
A sure sign that you're in need of an HVAC upgrade is higher energy costs. This is especially true if your provider has not raised the electricity rates for your area. Higher energy costs mean that your unit is no longer efficient, so it becomes expensive to cool and heat your home.
Your new unit will deliver energy savings. Those savings will help you break even on your investment while keeping your comfortable indoors.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
The ventilation component is what helps keep the indoor air quality of house healthy. If it is not operating as expected, it is time to consider an upgrade. There should be very little build-up of dust, particles or bacteria indoors.
Uneven HVAC System Airflow
Another sign that it is time to upgrade your HVAC unit is noticeable hot spots. This means that the air is not flowing evenly and completely throughout your home. An efficient unit is going to push the air to its destination without any issue.
There can always be other reasons why the air is not flowing well — dusty ductwork, a faulty thermostat or a dirty air filter. In any case, the best way to find out for sure is to reach out to a professional; allowing us to inspect the unit helps us determine what is happening. Then, we can outline your options and make recommendations.
We're equipped to inspect your current HVAC system and give your our recommendations for getting a replacement. Our mission is to provide customers with superior quality products and services at fair prices so that their homes are comfortable and energy efficient. For more information about upgrading your HVAC unit, call our team at M&B Heating and Air.
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