There are several reasons why older homes tend to encounter HVAC problems more frequently than newer ones. Of course, age is the main culprit, but HVAC problems might also be caused by outdated, inefficient ductwork and HVAC components.
The most common HVAC problems in older homes are:
Why should you replace an old HVAC system if it seems to be working fine? For one thing, newer HVAC models are more energy efficient than older ones, so they can maintain the same level of indoor comfort in your home using less electricity. Yes, an HVAC replacement can be a significant investment, but it’ll likely save you more on electricity costs in the long run.
Keep in mind that while HVAC units account for a significant chunk of a household’s energy consumption, they’re not the only appliances that consume a significant amount of electricity. To maximize the potential energy savings from a new HVAC unit, it’d be a good idea to replace your water heater if it hasn’t been replaced in a long time.
Here’s a tip: If you’re planning to get an HVAC replacement, look for HVAC units with the ENERGY STAR® label. Only HVAC models that have met the Department of Energy’s stringent performance standards have this label.
Lower Indoor Comfort
Your old HVAC unit might also be to blame for lower indoor air quality and comfort. The great thing about newer HVAC models is that they have features that can significantly improve indoor comfort. For instance, if you have pets in your home or family members with allergies or respiratory conditions, contractors usually recommend installing an HVAC unit with air purification capabilities. To learn more about the features that can help improve indoor comfort, consult your local HVAC repair and replacement contractor.
Poor airflow and lower indoor comfort usually go hand in hand. Some of the materials in an older home’s ductwork might have degraded over time, which is why if you’re getting an HVAC replacement it’s a good idea to have a contractor inspect the air ducts in your home as well.
One more thing: To ensure your new HVAC unit is installed properly, only experienced technicians should handle the installation.
Thomas J. Fannon & Sons has been offering professional heating and cooling services to local residents since 1885. In addition to professional HVAC services, we also offer premium water heaters and fuel oil. To get a free estimate, call us at (703) 549-5700 or fill out this form.