Air conditioners and furnaces play important roles in the comfort of your home. When one of the systems is no longer working, it is easy to decide to save some money now and just replace the broken one. But there are a number of benefits to replacing both at the same time.
The HVAC units that are made today are much more efficient than those that of even only 10 years ago. The efficiency of air conditioners can easily be compared by looking at the SEER rating, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating. The government standard for air conditioners built today is a minimum SEER rating of 13. The higher the Seer rating is, the less it will cost to run the air conditioner, because it will use less energy.
Furnaces are rated on the AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Typically, a new furnace should run at an AFUE rate of about 90 percent or higher. Heat pump and boiler systems used for homes have a number that is just slightly different than a standard furnace.
The life of a furnace averages between 15 and 20 years. An air conditioner averages 12 to 15 years. The life of these units is partially based on their quality and how well they are maintained.
Enhanced Performance and Increased Longevity
Typically, when you mix old equipment with new, neither the old nor new equipment is able to perform as well as it should. The old unit will also cause stress to the new one, which could result in a premature breakdown.
The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, or the AHRI, has stated, “When improperly matched, the efficiency and longevity of these systems are significantly compromised.
When two new units are used, ideally matching or complementing each other since heating and cooling units share the same blower, they will both run efficiently and for a longer period of time.
You will save money on your energy bill with new higher-efficiency units. But when you have two systems with components that complement each other, you will save even more because they’re running at a maximum efficiency level.
You will likely not need any kind of repairs on your new units for quite some time. When you do, they will probably both still be under warranty, which will save you money. Also, by replacing both systems as the same time, you will not have to pay installation fees twice.
Increased Value of Your Home
Having new energy-efficient heating and cooling units can actually add to the value of your home and affect the sale of your home. Most buyers, knowing the cost to replace both a furnace and A/C system, will choose a home with newer machines. In addition, a home inspection is likely to bring up the issue of an outdated and inefficient heating and cooling system and this may make the sale of your house conditional upon the system’s replacement.
Contact Campeau For Trusted Advice
While there are many advantages to replacing both your air conditioner and furnace at the same time, it may not always be necessary. We would be pleased to assess your current units and advise on the best course of action for your budget and needs. Contact Campeau Heating today for a complimentary, no-obligation assessment.