When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system begins to show signs of its age, you don't have to replace both the heating and cooling systems at the same time. However, there are huge advantages to replacing the entire system at once. Below are some of these advantages.
HVAC technology is continuously changing, so the technology of today is markedly different from the technology of a decade ago. In a typical HVAC system, the heating and cooling sub-units share some parts such as the thermostat and air handler. When you replace only one part of the system and leave the other part, your HVAC system ends up being mismatched.
Unfortunately, mismatched parts of an HVAC system interfere with the efficiency of the whole system. For example, if you replace the air conditioning system but don't replace the heating system, your house might suffer both cooling and heating inefficiency.
Improved Energy Consumption
Even if your HVAC system is running inefficiently, you will still want your house to have the right temperature. The only way your HVAC system can maintain the desired temperature is to push itself and work harder than usual. The increased runtimes will result in high energy usage, which translates to high energy bills. Don't forget that high energy consumption is bad for the environment because most of the energy comes from limited earth resources or produces contaminants as byproducts during production. Replacing the HVAC as a whole will help you avoid all of those things.
Reduced Installation Costs
If you are replacing a part of your HVAC system due to age, wear, and tear, then it's highly likely that the other part will soon follow. This is especially true if you installed the heating and AC system at the same time.
The cost of installing an AC or heating system depends on various factors that include labor costs. The labor cost is determined by the experience of the contractor, how far the contractor is far from your place, the scope of the work, and even the season, among other things. Some of these costs are nearly constant whether you call the contractor to replace either the cooling or heating system alone or both units. For example, the contractor will still need to drive their truck to your location. You can save on the labor costs by replacing both systems at the same time rather than doing it one after the other.