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Deciding When To Replace Your Equipment
  • Is your heating or air conditioning system more than 10 years old or not keeping your comfortable?
  • Is your air conditioner, furnace or boiler running a lot?
  • Are you paying more than you think you should in energy bills?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, replacing an old HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system could help better heat and cool your home and save you money in the long run. Heating and cooling is the biggest energy user in most homes, accounting for more than 40 percent of a home’s energy bills.

First Efficient Steps

Before you spend thousands of dollars on a new heating or cooling system, it’s a good idea to check your house and your HVAC system for costly air leaks. This could be the root of the problem, and may be a lot less expensive to treat.
It’s a good idea to start by having an energy assessment done on your home by an energy efficiency professional. This can either be a walk-through with a clipboard, or a more comprehensive audit with a blower-door test that pressurizes the house so energy leaks can be detected. In some areas, electric utilities subsidize the costs of energy efficiency assessments, and some states offer rebates or discounts on having insulation installed or other work done to make your home more efficient.
Why is this a great first step? Because properly insulating your home and sealing leaks will help your heating and cooling system run much more efficiently. You may discover that you don’t need to replace that system after all. And if you do replace it, your new heating or cooling system can then be sized properly and run more efficiently, potentially saving you significantly on both your upfront costs and energy bills in the future.

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