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Saving Your Utility Bill: Installing an Energy-Efficient HVAC System Pays for Itself

Your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) systems use more than half of the energy that comes into your home. When your HVAC ages, it expends a lot of energy waste instead of properly cooling or heating your home.


Not only does an aging system leave you with less than optimal comfort level in your home, but mounting energy bills can also become extremely expensive. If your energy bills start to rise and there is no apparent reason, then you should look at replacing your HVAC system.


There are a number of signs to look out for which might indicate that you need a new HVAC system or AC unit!


Signs that you should replace your HVAC


If you notice any of the following 7 signs, it is probably time to replace your HVAC system with an energy-efficient one.


1. Regular maintenance doesn’t fix energy inefficiency


If you have completed any of the following routine maintenance items on your HVAC but there is no improvement, then you are in need of a new HVAC system:


  • HVAC filter changes every three months: especially during the months when the HVAC is used most (such as summer and winter)

  • Proper duct sealing: ducts that are not properly installed, insulated, or sealed can leak forced air, wasting a considerable amount of energy

  • Installing a programmable thermostat: a thermostat that can be programmed to work along with your schedule so energy is only used when you need it


2. Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than ten years old, or your furnace is over fifteen to twenty years old


You may be throwing money away if you are still hanging on to older, less energy-efficient units. Replacing your furnace, heat pump, and air conditioner with a more energy-efficient model by a professional will effectively lower your utility bills and restore the comfort to your home.


3. You have hot or cold spots in your home


If you have certain rooms in your home that are uncomfortably warm in the summer, or frigidly cold in the winter, chances are that your ductwork is leaking. You may have a crack or hole in your ductwork, your equipment may be not operating properly, or your home may not be insulated properly.


While a quick solution like patching your ductwork might stave off a complete HVAC replacement, this is a temporary solution, and your equipment will need to be replaced in the near future.


Whether you are experiencing hot spots, cold spots, or both, you can be sure that your equipment is not operating at its optimum level.


4. Your HVAC system components are noisy


When you switch on your air conditioner or heating system, are you hearing odd noises?


If your air conditioner is making a strange or loud noise, signs are pointing to one of two things: issues with your ductwork or your evaporator coil is malfunctioning. Either problem needs to be addressed promptly. Additionally, if you hear groaning or loud banging from your furnace, this is a sign of a major HVAC issue, and it is a matter you do not want to ignore.


If you choose to repair your furnace or air conditioner, but the noises persist, your system is in need of replacement.


5. Your HVAC system is running more often than usual


If your system is having to run more frequently to heat or cool your home, it is indicative of needing a new system.


Frequently running HVAC systems may signify an issue with your coils or your blower motor, but chances are, your HVAC system is struggling to adequately provide hot or cold air for your home. At this point, you will want to replace your HVAC system.


6. Your HVAC system is outdated


As stated above, your heating system has an unwritten expiry date. Regardless of the actual age of your HVAC system, an outdated system may not be functioning well enough to suit your lifestyle. Aside from lower utility bills and increased energy efficiency, the benefits of installing a new HVAC system will be noticeable the first time you turn it on.


A new HVAC system will come with a programmable thermostat that works well for people that are away from home for long periods of time, such as during a workday. You may also opt to program your thermostat differently while you are sleeping or away on vacation to further increase your energy efficiency and savings.


7. Your equipment is breaking down, while your bills are climbing up


When your equipment is breaking down, and costly repairs are becoming more frequent, considering the installation of a new HVAC system is in order.


With a full heating, air conditioning and ductwork makeover, the air in your home will flow better, the dust particles and debris floating throughout your home will be minimized, you will be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and the best benefit of all—a new HVAC system will protect your most valuable possession, your home.

Is it time to replace your old HVAC system?

Enlisting the help of a professional HVAC technician from a reliable company to perform repairs on your HVAC system is invaluable when your HVAC system is repairable, but when it is determined that your HVAC system is needing multiple repairs, or it is aging out of service, it is more economical to replace the systems.


A newly installed HVAC system will be relatively worry-free, providing you and your family comfort. The cost of a new HVAC system may seem prohibitive, but the money saved in repairs and on your utility bills will be worth it for years to come.


At Nick's AC & Heat, we provide repeated maintenance customer discounts, as well as extended labor warranty with the installation of any system.


Nick’s AC & Heat has over 30 years of experience in air conditioning and heating services. We want to keep your air conditioner and heating systems running, and have the expertise and knowledge to do so. At Nick’s, we can identify issues with your HVAC system and correct them with our preventative maintenance and repair services. If we are unable to fix your issue, we offer installation services with a wide selection of air conditioners that will fit your home’s unique cooling needs.


For all of your HVAC system needs, contact us!


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