Save Money by Replacing AC and Furnace at the Same Time
When one system quits, it is tempting to only replace the system that is giving you the most trouble. As you prepare for the substantial expense, it is easy to think you’ll save money by replacing the other system later.
But, replacing both your heating and cooling systems – even if one is still working – can save energy and money over the long run.
After determining that your unit needs to be replaced rather than repaired, these benefits will help you understand why replacing the whole system is a good choice.
Modern heating and cooling system are highly efficient and use less energy than the systems that were built 10-15 years ago. Newer systems have a SEER (Season Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 13, the government standard. The higher the SEER, the more efficient it is.
The rating used for furnaces is the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). The AFUE measures performance. A rating of 90% or higher is generally recommended. Boilers and heat pump systems have a slightly different recommended number. When both systems are replaced at the same time, efficiency is exponentially improved.
Mixing old and new technology can lead to stress on both systems and in some cases, manufacturers won’t even offer a warranty.
Air conditioning units and furnaces share the same air handler or blower. Having a system with an efficient handler will allow both systems to operate properly.
Cost Savings Over Time
By having a matched system, you will save money because all the components are designed to work together for maximum efficiency over time. If repairs are necessary both systems will be under warranty. The installation process will be less complicated and you won’t have to pay additional installation fees when you decide to replace the other unit.
Ultimately, most of your savings will be on your energy bill.
If you’re wondering whether to replace both systems together, the answer is simple: yes. In the long run, it will not only save you money but also improve efficiency. If you’re still on the fence, a comfort specialist at Burkholder’s HVAC can help you determine whether your unit needs replacing and if so, can recommend systems that are affordable and effective. Schedule a free estimate today.