Air conditioning systems are easy to take for granted—but, like most other elements of one’s house, they don’t last forever, and must eventually be replaced. There’s no sugar-coating the process, either: It’s as major an investment of time and money as you’d expect. It’s therefore important to enter into the process with due diligence and know as much as you can about the HVAC system you’re about to buy.
Here are five of the most important questions to ask yourself (and your HVAC service company) as you get ready to replace your HVAC system:
1. How much time do you have to replace the air conditioning?
2. What system size is right for you?
3. How energy-efficient is your replacement system?
4. How much will the replacement cost—and will it be worth it?
There’s no getting around it: Replacing an HVAC system will be expensive—typically, anywhere between $3,500 and $7,500, depending on what you need. But it’s also important to factor in the overall operating costs over the expected life span of the unit. Leaving the old system intact past its expiration date can be just as costly, if not more, than replacing it. A comprehensive warranty and solid maintenance plan can also help you control costs. Take a big-picture, long-term view when it comes to how much you can afford.
5. Do I need additional accessories?
Some homes may benefit from extra components or added functionality on top of their main HVAC systems. Your HVAC servicer or Rowland Air can install a humidifier, a variable-speed fan, a dual-fuel heat pump, a time delay relay, a freeze-protection thermostat—whatever unique requirements your home may have, there’s probably an accessory for it. Talk to Rowland Air, your HVAC company, about the options you need (and, just as importantly, what you can live without).