When your air conditioning isn’t keeping you cool enough in the summer, you might need to repair it. Same goes with your furnace, when you aren’t keeping warm throughout the winter. If it is one or the other, you may even go so far to replacing the system at its time of need. But instead of replacing just one, what if you did your furnace and AC replacement at the same time?
Many homeowners may not realize that replacing your furnace and air conditioner in one go can save on their energy bill, and will end up saving more money in the future. First, consider how long you have had your current HVAC systems. Older units are more at risk and may need more attention. A furnace can last roughly 15-20 years, meanwhile your air conditioner may keep kicking for 12-15 years.
Age is one factor to consider, but may contribute to other issues. Looking at your energy bill can give you clues whether your furnace or air conditioner is not running as efficiently as it used to. Higher than normal prices indicate that your units are working harder than they used to. Uneven temperatures, or longer times to hit the right temperature, can also indicate a good time to upgrade.
An early potential advantage to replacing your air conditioning and your furnace together is the increase in energy efficiency. New models run with less energy than those made even 10 years ago. Saving on your energy bill is expected, but upgrading both at the same time is also cost effective.
Installing an air conditioner in the spring and then installing a furnace in the fall means you are paying twice for the parts and for the labor. Bundling them together at the same time will save on those expenses, as labor for installation is typically higher when your technician needs to get into hard-to-reach places.
However, replacing both systems at the same time may not be smart for all homeowners. If your furnace or air conditioner is still relatively new, or less than 10 years old, wait before upgrading that unit.
Your technician may also evaluate both systems, and will give advice on whether one or both (or neither!) needs to be replaced.
Before you jump into replacing your furnace or air conditioner, contact Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning to find out if upgrading both is right for your home. Call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.