Your HVAC system involves a certain amount of equipment that experiences wear over time. The average lifespan of a HVAC unit is 12-15 years. But old-generation systems may develop problems even before reaching their average lifespan. With the fast advancement in HVAC technology, next generation equipment is rolled out in the market, every couple of years. They are more efficient, sleek and modern, compatible with programmable thermostats, and increasingly, they comply with Energy Star energy-saving standards.
The common notion is that updating to an efficient HVAC system is apparently an uphill task. To many it is an expensive luxury and the system they have now “does the job”, and “gets on fine”. But upgrading your HVAC should not be seen as an expense but rather investment. First, there are HVAC financing programs that help you upgrade your system at affordable rates. Second, research from The National Association of Realtors (NAR) suggests that “HVAC remodels have a higher average return on investment than most other types of remodeling projects, yielding a return of up to 71%.”
There is a reason for this high rate of return. That is what our HVAC specialists at Hellas Air Temp have discussed in this blog. Below, we list 8 benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.
- Electricity Savings
In some cases, the older your system is, the more energy you need to keep your home cool, or warm. When you update to an efficient HVAC system, you could see a noticeable difference in your electricity bills. An upgraded HVAC system runs better, faster, and works efficiently. All your HVAC components are manufactured to the latest energy-saving standards. According to Energy Saver, a U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy, by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to keep your home cool, you could reduce your energy use by 20% to 50%.
This much savings mean your new HVAC system pays back its capital cost within 5 years. For some systems, this payback period may be even lesser than five years, depending on your home dynamics, use, and the system size.
- Healthy Indoor Air Quality
Upgrading youer HVAC directly improves the quality of your indoor air. You can achieve the same by replacing filters, cleaning the furnace, and pipes but an old system will still work like an old system. With an HVAC update, your new filtration system will improve the air quality by removing dust, preventing mold growth, and drying up any excess moisture. Good air quality is beneficial for all, especially for those who suffer from asthma or dust allergies.
- Increased Home Value
Updating to an efficient HVAC system is akin to renovating your home—and this alone can increase the value of your property by up to 8%. As reported by energy.gov and the US Green Building Council, units that have energy-efficient HVAC systems see a 5% to 8% higher selling value compared to the units without this feature. An investment, right?
- Reduced Maintenance Costs
An upgraded system means no hassle from frequent repairs. Such repairs not only cost you but also interrupt your schedule. With a new system, you won’t need frequent repairs. Secondly, with the upgrade, comes extended warranties. While modern HVAC systems are less likely to face issues, if they do so, the warranties will cater to that—at least for the foreseeable future.
- Increased Comfort – More Cooling, Less Noise
Unlike the old systems, new HVAC models are designed with high-tech sound-absorbing materials that keep the noise at a minimum. The cooling and heating is better than the old system and without disturbing sounds.
- No Fear of Emergency Replacement
When the summer is in full swing and your system breaks down, you may run into trouble. Going after a licensed HVAC contractor, locating the cause of the breakdown, and getting to know that this system is perhaps beyond repair, this not only takes time but also a toll on your pocket and comfort. If your system is aged, it is time to upgrade it without waiting for it to be rundown for good.
- New HVAC Models are Environment-friendly
Moreover, the latest HVAC models are environment-friendly. These systems can use two-thirds of the fuel your old system uses. This not only means more savings but also a reduced carbon footprint. Systems that meet Energy Star certifications are at least 15% more efficient than their counterparts. If you are someone who thinks eco-friendly, it is another incentive for you to upgrade your HVAC system.
- Aesthetic Value – Sleek and Modern HVAC Designs
Last but not the least, new HVAC systems add beauty to your homes. HVAC technology has not only improved in efficiency but in style and design too. The sleek and modern design of today’s HVAC components give a classic and attractive look to your home’s exterior as well as interior. And with this aesthetic value, social prestige comes as a by-product.
Feel like your system needs an update? Look no further!
Give Hellas Air Temp a call and we’ll take care of everything at costs within your budget. Hellas Air Temp are full-service authorized HVAC contractors, serving residential and commercial customers in Fairfield, Norwalk, and Stamford for the past 40 years. Hellas Air Temp are members of Air Conditioning Contractors of America as well as authorized dealer of Carrier systems.