Most heating and cooling systems are designed to last between 12-15 years. Here’s some advice on how to stretch that out a bit, and what to look for in a new system.
Your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system makes up 50-60% of your annual energy bill. With an average life expectancy of around 12-15 years, you of course want to do everything you can to keep it running as efficiently and for as long as possible.
No doubt about it: the two best ways to extend the life of your system is to buy the right system in the first place, and then have it properly maintained on a regular basis. On its own, an annual cleaning and inspection can delay a system’s inevitable demise by a number of years while helping minimize your monthly energy costs.
But let’s say the time has come for a new system. Here’s what to look for:
• Equipment Selection
More than anything, you want a system that earns high marks in efficiency. When shopping for a heat pump, for example, there are two efficiency ratings to consider: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), which indicates cooling efficiency, and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), which indicates heating efficiency . On both ratings, the higher the number the more efficient the system.
With any kind of HVAC system, bigger is not always better. In fact, the exact opposite can often be true. Oversized systems tend to “short cycle” which, in turn, shortens the life of your compressor and leads to excessive moisture buildup. Conversely, undersized systems run continuously on mild days and struggle to lower the temperature during the dog days of summer. Of course, we can help you avoid all that by performing a heat loss/gain calculation to pinpoint the type and size of the system you really need.
The industry standard is 5 years for a compressor (heat pump or air-conditioner), 5 years for a heat exchanger (gas furnace) and 1 year for parts and labor.
• Quality Installation
Just like with anything else, your new HVAC system will perform only as well and efficiently as it’s installed.
There’s a lot to consider when you’re in an HVAC system purchasing mode…and we’re just the company to help you make all the right decisions. We’re also the company to help prolong the life of your existing system. So, if your in need of a heating repair – or a home comfort consultation – give T.Webber a call!
Remember – T. Webber services the heating needs of the ENTIRE Hudson Valley, including:
Dutchess County Heating Contractor
Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Fishkill, East Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, Beacon, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley, Pine Plains, Millbrook, Pawling, Poughquag
Putnam County Heating Contractor
Cold Spring, Mahopac, Brewster, Carmel, Kent, Patterson
Westchester County Heating Contractor
Peekskill, Ossining, Yorktown Heights, Chappaqua, Tarrytown, Bedford Hills, Armonk, Cortlandt Manor, Somers, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, South Salem
Orange County Heating Contractor
Newburgh, New Windsor, Montgomery, Middletown, Walden, Washingtonville, Cornwall, West Point
Ulster County Heating Contractor
Highland, Hurley, Marlboro, Milton, New Paltz, Wallkill
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