Does Your HVAC System Need An Upgrade?

by Karen Hagen 10/06/2019

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (or HVAC) is a technology used by homeowners to provide heating and cooling. A good HVAC system will ensure that your home is comfortable, especially in extreme weather conditions. HVAC systems are known to last for more than a decade, but you shouldn't rely entirely on 'vintage' heating/cooling units, so you don't get disappointed later on.

Replacing your HVAC system can be expensive. Here are some factors that will let you know that your HVAC system needs an upgrade.

Aging HVAC system

Ventilation and air-conditioning units last well over a decade, but as they add years of usage, their efficiency also drops. If you have been using the same system for more than 15 years, it's advisable to upgrade to a modern one. Innovations have been made to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, and enhance your comfort also. With an upgrade, you enjoy the benefits of smart initiatives out there. An intelligent thermostat, for example, will help you keep your home in the right temperature without you having to do much about manual functions.

Increasing energy bills

40% of your home's energy is used up by HVAC systems. You'll agree this is a considerable figure, and it tells a lot on your bills. Inefficient ventilation and cooling systems increase your home's utility bills. Over time, deterioration sets in, and with it comes electrical faults which in turn lead to large siphoning of energy. You can lose energy through leaks and cracks, in the form of escaping heat. A regular inspection, anyway, will help to check for leaks and crevices around your home. Upgrading your HVAC system, and opting for smarter options, will ensure you spend less on energy.

Disturbing noises

Do you hear weird noises when you run your air conditioners/heaters? If you have, this is another sign that your HVAC system needs an upgrade. The sound could be as a result of some fault that you should fix. It could also come from repair work it has endured before.

Longer running periods

If it takes longer than usual for cold air or heat (depending on your choice at the moment) to fill the room, you should consider upgrading your HVAC system. A unit that takes longer to run will not only cost you more money by increasing energy consumption, but it also decreases your comfort.

Call an HVAC technician to help you inspect your unit today to recommend the most effective course of action for you.

About the Author

Karen Hagen

Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation I have over 25 years experience in sales and marketing. A majority of my career was spent at the National Football League working in Player Programs, International and Corporate Sponsorship. In addition to my NFL career, I have also owned and operated my own Stationery and Gift business. I was born and raised on Long Island. I earned my Business Economics degree from Oneonta State University. My husband Colin and I moved to Fairfield County 21 years ago from New York City with our two young children. Since moving to Fairfield County, I have been very active in the town, the schools, community activities, etc.. I've also served on the Board of Governors at Aspetuck Valley Country Club, as well as serving as President of both the Westport BNI Chapter and The Westport Entrepreneurs BNI Chapter. Other organizations I'm involved in include Adam's House, (grief education center) as well as The NADP. (National Association of Divorce Professionals, I work with other business professionals all helping individuals in all aspects of the divorce process) Other interests include Tennis, Paddle, Walking, Hiking and Travel. My knowledge and involvement in this area, having raised my family here, combined with my vast Sales and Marketing experience makes me an ideal candidate for all of your Real Estate needs. Please contact me directly with any questions. It would be my honor to work with you!