Upgrading your HVAC System

Getting an upgrade on your air conditioning system may not be something people often think about. With an air conditioning or heating system, your qualified HVAC technician will try to recommend a repair. Make sure to get your HVAC installations in Raritan New Jersey. An upgrade would be a total overhaul of the unit and replacing it with a more efficient system. Obviously, replacing an old system doesn’t come without its own “pros” and “cons”. Let’s look at both of them and decide if your system needs an upgrade.


The Pros

Replacing an old HVAC system with a new 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.

So how do you go about adding, replacing or upgrading an old heating or cooling system to meet your home’s and family’s needs? Seek a qualified HVAC professional. This could be someone referred to you by an energy-efficiency or insulation company, a builder, even a friend. But you still want to qualify any expert. After all, this person or company will be installing systems in your home that can directly affect the health and safety of your family.

An improperly sized or installed HVAC system can leak deadly carbon monoxide or other toxins into a home, cost you much more money, promote mold growth that can lead to chronic illness, or start fires. Seek a professional with some certifications such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence). A NATE patch signifies that the contractor employs technicians who have passed this national certification.


The Cons

The cost. Installing a new system costs anywhere from $3,000-5,000. 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 would be a lot less expensive to treat. Air leaks can be caused by years of wear and tear on your house from weather, or from faulty insulation of your house when it was constructed.

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.

The installation

If you have followed the above steps, and had an HVAC technician check your home and approve of an upgrade, next comes choosing the right system for your home. A lot of consideration goes into this process because this isn’t a small commitment. The next page talks about which systems you should consider.