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Banish Dust from your Home

Do you HATE dusting? Even people that enjoy cleaning often bemoan the need to constantly dust their house. After dusting, then you have to clean the floors and walls and wherever the dust has spread. The worst part? The dust seems to come back immediately! 

If you hate dusting (does anyone like dusting?), it’s time to consider the culprit. While some accumulation of dust is normal, if it feels like you can’t ever get ahead of the grime, your HVAC filter may be to blame. A dirty filter in your air conditioning pushes dust out into your home and is unable to capture contaminants. It can’t pick up new dust because it’s already too choked with old dust. This not only makes your house dusty, but it also decreases air quality. Improve indoor air quality and cut your cleaning time by making sure to change HVAC filters regularly! 

Dust on the floor in vent

When you have clean filters, your HVAC system can actually help you clean. What!? My air conditioning can help me clean? It’s true! An efficient system with a clean filter can help remove particles from the air. Consider running your fan, especially after dusting, to help circulate air and catch large particles. This will help reduce dust and cut down the hours you need to spend time cleaning! Here are some other suggestions to reduce dust:

  • Keep outdoor areas like patios, driveways, and porches well-swept so you’re not tracking dirt in
  • Keep mats and rugs at entry points so that you can wipe your shoes at the door 
  • Use a filter with a higher MERV rating to capture finer particles 
  • Use a vacuum with HEPA filtration 
  • Consider reducing the upholstered items in your home (carpets, upholstered couches, drapes, pillows) in favor of hard services like hardwood that are easily cleaned and don’t harbor dust 

What are your best tips for beating dust?

How To Take Care Of Your HVAC Unit

Do you go to the doctor for a yearly checkup? Our bodies need food and water to keep going, rest to recharge us, and professional assistance for checkups and medical matters. Our AC units are the same way! Of course, HVAC units are not people. You don’t have to leave a dinner plate out for the AC. However, you do have to make sure that it gets the right fuel and checkups so that it keeps running. Otherwise, it can wear out on you, leaving you roasting in the summertime and with a big repair bill.

Have you ever been to the doctor about a medical issue and they say “Why did you wait so long to come to the doctor?”. It’s easy to push off procedures or medical appointments, but unfortunately, it can lead to a small issue getting worse. The same goes for your HVAC system. With regular maintenance, it can run well for years. But if you ignore funny smells, odd noises, and reduced performance, there could be an issue with your system that is only getting worse.

How To Take Care Of Your HVAC Unit

Here’s what you can do to take care of your HVAC unit today:

  • Clear a two-foot space around all outdoor units
  • Keep the unit clear of dirt, leaves, falling branches, etc.
  • Purchase and install a high-efficiency pleated air filter

Carefully look at your HVAC ducts for cracks and holes, which can cause a significant loss in heat/coolingWe recommend having an HVAC professional come out to inspect your unit twice a year to make sure your filters have been changed, clean soot off burners, clean the condenser coil, and check the various components of your system including electrical connections, thermostat, indoor and outdoor coils, condensation drain/pump, and more. This regular service can help keep your AC unit running smoothly and alert you if there are any potential issues. PECO’s Planned Maintenance Agreement guarantees you receive this service twice yearly as well as 10% off all repairs, no after-hours charges, and priority service. Contact us today to discuss your AC unit’s checkup!

How to Prolong the Life of Your AC Unit

Whether you’re purchasing a standalone AC unit or a central AC unit, air conditioners are a significant investment – but a worthwhile one! Since AC units can be costly, it’s important to try to extend their life as long as possible. What’s the best way to do that? Simply put, take care of it. Like other types of equipment, air conditioners need care and maintenance. With care, you can expect your unit to last an average of 10-15 years, although some models have been known to make to about 20 with routine maintenance. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your unit.

Outdoor AC Units

If you have an outdoor AC unit, you should make sure to place it in a cool, shady spot. Being in a cool location (for example, on the shady side of your home) will help the unit work less, which will prolong its lifespan. However, be sure that there isn’t too much grass or debris surrounding it. AC units need ventilation to work properly and keep the air following smoothly. Yard debris can block the vents and make the unit work twice as hard.

How To Prolong The Life Of Your AC Unit

If your unit is in a clear spot, you should check the area around it periodically. While it may have been clear when it was first installed, storms, windy days, or seasonal changes can cause debris to collect. If there are any blockages around the vents, turn the power off and clear them away. It’s also an excellent idea to schedule a regular cleaning and maintenance appointment once or twice a year.

Central AC Units

One of the most important things you can do for your central AC unit is to replace the air filters regularly.   A dirty air filter will make your AC work harder than it needs to – which leads to higher electricity bills, premature repairs, and a shorter lifespan. Air filters should be checked monthly and replaced every 30 – 60 days.

The ducts for your central HVAC system push the conditioned air from the heating and cooling units in your home. Dirty air ducts can lessen the efficiency of your unit. Likewise, leaks, gaps, loose seams, or obstructions in the ducts can allow cool air to escape before it reaches the rooms of your home, which can make the unit work harder to cool your home. Ducts should be inspected regularly and should have adequate insulation.The bottom line is, treat your AC unit well and it will provide many years of cool, comfortable air for you. If it’s been a while since your AC unit has had maintenance, schedule a service call with our expert technicians. We can check the health of your unit, replace filters, clean ducts, and more. We also offer a planned maintenance agreement, the easiest way to keep up with your AC maintenance. We’ll come out twice a year and perform a wide range of maintenance and inspections on your system. You’ll also receive a 10% discount on all repairs, no after-hours charges, and priority service! Schedule your appointment today by calling 864-639-2424.

Generators: The Answer to Your Power Woes

You’re settled in at home during a stormy night, and suddenly, the power goes out. As you slowly make your way to where you’ve stashed a flashlight, you stub your toe on the corner of a chair. Then, as you finally drag your flashlight out of the drawer, you discover the batteries are dead…

At this point, you might be wishing you had a generator!

Power outages can last hours, days, and even weeks. An outage can force you to go into emergency mode, making it necessary to navigate your home in the dark and figure out creative ways to keep your home warm and your food from spoiling. If you rely on well water, your ability to have fresh, filtered water for drinking, bathing, or heating your house will also be affected. Beyond being inconvenient, power outages can be costly, as anyone who’s lost an entire refrigerator of food can tell you! It’s even worse when it affects your business. For those who rely on electricity to power critical medical equipment, like dialysis machines or oxygen, a power outage can be dangerous.

Having a generator will ensure that you’ll stay comfortable and safe when the power goes out. There are two popular types of generators, and each one has its benefits. When deciding between a portable or whole-home generator, it’s important to consider your power needs. Do you want to keep your entire house up and running? Or are you more concerned with keeping only a few vital electrical devices are powered?

Whole-Home Generators

A whole-home generator (also called a standby generator) is permanently installed on the outside of your home, like a central air conditioning unit. They’re powered by your existing gas or liquid propane fuel supply, so there’s never a need to refuel them manually. A whole-home generator acts like your own personal electrical power source, delivering power directly to your home’s electrical system 24/7. Within just a few seconds of a power outage, the generator will automatically start up and restore your power. This is especially convenient because you don’t have to be home to restore power to your house. Once the power returns, the generator will automatically shut itself off.

Whole-home generators can back up your entire home or only essential equipment. They can be operated safely during any weather conditions and protect your home from dangerous voltage fluctuations when the power is restored. Since this type of generator ties into your electrical system, it must be professionally installed. However, unlike a portable generator, you don’t have to worry about dragging a unit outside or running extension cords through your home. As a bonus, installing a whole-home generator adds value to your home.

We’ve installed many whole-home generators and have found Generac to be reliable, high-quality, and affordable generators that fully meet our customers’ energy needs. They offer generators starting at 7.5kW up to 150kW. All models come with Mobile Link Remote Monitoring, which allows you to monitor your generator from anywhere in the world through your mobile device. Generac engines were developed specifically for generators and are designed to provide approximately 3,000 hours of use. With typical use and maintenance, they can last over 15 years, so they’re a great investment. Once the generator is installed, there’s nothing for you to do except schedule yearly maintenance.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are intended as a backup power supply for power outages. They’re a self-contained unit that can be moved, which makes them a convenient option, particularly for people who are renting rather than owning a house. Portable generators cost less than whole-house generators, but they come with limitations. Unlike whole-home generators, they provide limited power and are best used to keep crucial electrical equipment powered, such as lights, refrigerators, or medical equipment.

Portable generators typically operate on gasoline or propane; some models operate on solar power. They must be manually refilled periodically to run and require you to have separate fuel storage. Since gas-powered generators produce carbon monoxide, they shouldn’t be operated in an enclosed area or near windows or doors. A rule of thumb is to keep your portable generator at least 15 feet away from your house. Some models are designed to provide power for up to eight hours, while others are designed to provide days of power. Despite this, it’s not a good idea to keep portable generators running continuously for an extended period of time.

Another consideration with portable generators is that you must be home to use it. So, if you leave for vacation and an extended power outage occurs, you may come home to some surprises – like a fridge full of spoiled food or a flooded basement from a failed sump pump. Portable generators can also be noisy, so depending on where you live, there may be limited hours you’ll be able to use it. They also should not be used in the rain, which could limit use.

Which to Choose?

As we mentioned, the type of generator you choose mainly comes down to use. If you’d like a no-hassle system that automatically turns on and off and can power your entire house, a whole-home generator is the best choice. If you only want to power a few things in your home for a period of time, then a portable generator would probably be sufficient.

At PECO Heating and Cooling, we know generators! With years of experience installing, repairing, and servicing generators, we can help you select one that will fully meet your energy needs. We can also keep it maintained so that it’s always in perfect working order. Contact your Home Service Heroes at PECO today by calling 864-639-2424 or fill out our online form.

5 Tips to Keep Your AC System Running Right

Staying cool as outside temperatures rise doesn’t have to decrease your bank account! We urge you to consider these tips to increase the efficiency of your AC system. It will lower energy bills and make your system less prone to breaking down when you need it most!

Get the Right Machine

If you are getting a new AC unit, make sure that it is rated for the amount of space you are cooling. If it is not designed to cover the square footage of your home or business, it will have to work out too hard. An overworked system will wear out more quickly trying to meet the demands of the thermostat. On the other hand, if an AC unit is rated for more space than needed, it will constantly turn on and off—another way for it to wear out and become unreliable!

Clean Those Fins and Coils

The AC evaporators in your house and condensers outside require clean fins and coils to release heat. Dust and grime build up over time and cost you money and efficiency. We recommend checking it twice each year—our Planned Maintenance Agreement (PMA) allows you to keep your system running smooth. We will clean filters and burners, check coils, motors, amperage, and all other components of your system. We never charge PMA customers for overtime on emergency work, and they receive priority status and a 10% discount on all repairs!

Your Air Filter is your Friend! Treat your Friend Right!

Do you know what a good friend your air filter is? It removes pollen, dust mites, textile and carpet fibers, mold spores, dust, pet dander, bacteria, and smoke so you don’t have to breathe it into your lungs. You’re welcome! But your BFF does require some attention now and again. Every six months or so, you should replace your filter. You can improve energy use by up to 15 percent by changing it out. This helps out your entire system as well as your wallet!

Turning Down the Thermostat doesn’t Cool You Down Faster

There is a common misunderstanding floating around in the over-air-conditioned air out there! Some folks think that temporarily lowering their thermostat will make the temp drop faster. Wrong! Your AC works just as hard to lower the temperature one degree as it does 20 degrees. It is just running longer than you need it to and eventually gets your rooms to lower temperatures than necessary. If your thermostat is set at the right level, these are whispered words of wisdom: let it be!

Replace your Older System?

Is your current system more than 10 or 12 years old? Has it received regular maintenance? If your AC unit is showing signs of wear, it may be time to consider a replacement. Though it is a significant investment initially, a new unit can save you on monthly bills and possible large repair costs. We can let you know what kind of shape your system is in. You can trust us to give you the straight scoop. You need to know if your “mature” unit is still in good shape or if it might be time to consider upgrading.

We will make sure you stay cool all summer long! As the go-to HVAC experts for upstate South Carolina, we will also keep your furnace running right. In addition, we provide a wide range of other electrical and plumbing and home maintenance and repair services. Call PECO at 864-639-2424 or visit us online to schedule an appointment today!

The History of Being Cool

The history of air conditioning is longer than you might think. Summer has been rough on human beings for tens of thousands of years. Ben Franklin, who invented bifocals, a better wood stove, swim fins, and much, much more, was not the first to fail at inventing a method to “sweat less.” Suffering through an English summer in 1758, Franklin famously ran experiments to test the evaporation of chemicals to freeze surfaces over which, in theory, “the wind would blow briskly.” Though Franklin was mercurial in his search for better ways of doing things, he never got the mercury to go down in any buildings.

We are lucky to be living in a time when most homes have AC. Otherwise, we might all be tempted to use Franklin’s go-to approach which was the “air bath.” The man on the hundred dollar bill was not self-conscious about opening his windows and traipsing about his home without any clothes on. He was utilizing sweat, nature’s original AC system. When your body starts to sweat, it is promoting heat loss through evaporation. You may not like the drip, drip, drip, but sweat is keeping you cool!

Early Forms Of AC

Cave dwellers understood that it’s much cooler underground and inside the earth. Early humans even built burrows to beat the heat! The Egyptians took things to the next level by hanging wet reeds in their windows. This cooled sweltering Nile river valley breezes wafting through homes and public buildings. The richest Romans used the cool water in aqueducts piped under their homes to chill out and bought expensive snow that merchants imported and stored underground.

The Chinese invented handheld fans when they realized that moving air creates a cooling effect on the skin. This was the first portable AC unit! The towers of traditional Middle Eastern buildings utilized towers that were designed to catch and circulate cool breezes. This drew cool air up from underground channels and pushed warm air out. Victorians built homes with high ceilings, giving the heat room to move upward. They also installed large recessed windows and covered porches to increase coolness and airflow.

Willis Carrier was looking for a way to dry ink during the summer for a publishing house when he built the first air conditioner in the summer of 1902. When he stared at the mist of a Pittsburgh train platform, he saw that if he could manufacture airflow with specific amounts of moisture, he could “condition” the air. He didn’t just allow the ink to dry in books, he wrote his name in the history books. His system was initially employed for industrial use, but theater-owners soon understood they could bring in more patrons if it was icy-cold inside all summer long! Carrier understood he was on to something big and developed a network of international dealers and that is still one of the big names in the industry.

More Than Comfort

At PECO Heating and Cooling, we understand why people have worked so hard for thousands of year to keep themselves cool in the summer. It isn’t all about discomfort either. Heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat rash are physiological reactions to stifling temperatures. That’s why we are available 24/7 to make sure your AC system is running right. Our Planned Maintenance Agreement ensures that your heating and cooling systems are in excellent working condition every single day. Twice each year, we’ll come to your house and perform maintenance that will give you the reliability you can count on. We also provide a wide range of home maintenance and repairs, including home inspection repairs, plumbing, and electrical services. To stay cool without resorting to Ben Franklin’s “air bath,” call 864-639-2424 or visit us online to schedule an appointment today.

The Costly Air Conditioner Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Keep your Air Conditioner Running Smooth in the Dog Days of Summer

Long, scorching days and warm evenings tell us the dog days of summer have finally, fully arrived. Another thing that tells us? The steady, smooth whirr of your air conditioner. Unless your AC unit is balky, noisy or just not pumping out cool air like it used to. Then summer, especially in upstate South Carolina, becomes unbearably stifling, humid, and even unhealthful. Not to mention a drain on your budget when you have to finally break down and fix it. So, what can you do to make sure you keep your cool in the hottest months of the year?

Change that Filter

On average, the air filter on your heating and cooling system becomes saturated with dirt and dust after 1 month. This not only increases the amount of dust in your house, but it makes your unit work harder with weaker output. Replacing a dirty filter can improve AC energy use by 5 to 15%—and might even make you stop yearning for winter!

Dirty Fins and Coils

Your AC’s evaporator coils work as a heat exchanger—refrigerant inside the coil evaporates as heat is absorbed. The fins enhance the heat exchange process. Layers of dust and dirt bog the system down by up to 40%, costing you more and more money to get to a temperature you can live with. It is recommended you get your coils and fins cleaned at the beginning of the summer and then check for buildup throughout peak season. Though it is possible to DIY this task, it is probably best to give it over to professionals who can check for other key issues.

Maintenance Free—Not!

Many people treat their AC and heating system as if it is a self-cleaning, self-maintaining unit, which is just not true. Over time, the life-blood of your unit, refrigerant, escapes and is dispersed outdoors, putting a strain on your system and your budget. A technician can determine if your system is low on refrigerant and add more if needed, getting your unit back on track and making your home or business way more chill.   

As you can see, staying ahead of repairs is the best way to avoid costly, inconvenient fixes. At PECO Heating and Cooling, our Planned Maintenance Agreement, will keep your heating and cooling systems in excellent working condition all year long. Twice each year, we’ll come to your house and perform maintenance that will give you a  reliable system you can depend on. We also provide a wide range of home maintenance and repairs, including home inspection repairs, plumbing, and electrical services.

If you need help with just about anything in your home, we have the tools and knowledge to give you professional, top-quality craftsmanship and get you through the dog days. Why are they called dog days, anyway? The Romans noted that in the summer, the sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Great Dog. They thought Sirius gave off extra heat, making summer hotter! To keep the dogs at bay all summer long, call 864-639-2424 or visit us online to schedule an appointment today.

8 Cool Cost-Saving Tips to Reduce Your Air Conditioning Bill This Summer

With warm summer weather on the way, it’s the perfect time to look at some effective ways to save on your air conditioning costs this summer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners spend a combined $29 billion per year in cooling and energy costs – and much of that could potentially be reduced with a few easy tricks and tips.

1. Invest in an automated thermostat

Smart thermostats are one of the best investments you can make when it comes to reducing your cooling costs. They allow you to regulate the temperature of your home when you’re away and control it remotely. Program it to have a higher temperature (only 3 degrees above or below your comfort level) when you’re away from the home, then have the cooling kick on once you’re home. Over time, you’ll definitely see the savings add up!

2. Turn your thermostat up

Often people think turning their air conditioner off while they are away and turning it on when they come home will save money.  It doesn’t work.  When the system is off (in either heating or cooling cycle) the entire house and its contents ejects the heat or cool temp into the room until they reach equilibrium – walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, appliances, etc.  When you return home and turn your thermostat at your ideal temperature…all those items listed much reach that temperature first…before you feel it.  This is called heat transfer….This means your system could run for 8-10 hours straight on a very hot or cold day before you are feeling it versus cycle on and off for a total of 4 hours during the day to maintain the temperature.  For older more inefficient systems it could run longer and risk damaging critical components like the compressor and motors. Its best to set your thermostat to a higher temperature when you leave the house only 3 degrees above your comfort level, then down to a cooler temperature when you get home will save more money than having the AC unit cycling on and off throughout the day.

3. Window coverings

If you have a lot of sunlight beating on your home throughout the day, it could be heating up your interior. Installing some blinds or curtains will help keep the heat out during the summer and keep heat in during the winter – contributing to energy savings all year round!  Awnings work great as well

4. Install a ceiling fan

According to the National Resource Defense Council, using a ceiling fan during warm weather can make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler, plus it uses 10% less energy than a central air conditioner. You can also improve energy efficiency by installing a smart ceiling fan that schedules when your fan turns on and off.  This is because of heat transfer again.  Since cool air is blowing across your skin, you feel cooler.

5. Turn off the AC at night and open the windows

If it’s a cool night, you can turn your AC off and open the windows to cool your home down. Be sure to close the windows and drapes or blinds as soon as you wake up to lock in the cool air.

6. Close your chimney flue

Leaving your chimney flue open isn’t much different than leaving a door or window open, so if you have a chimney, be sure to close off the flue during the warm summer months. Doing this simple trick can save an additional 10% on your air conditioning costs.

7. Check your windows for energy efficiency

Heat loss and gains through windows are responsible for approximately 25-30% of residential heating and cooling costs. You can have an energy audit done, or you can simply go around your house and feel for where you feel air coming through around windows and doors. If you have leaks, you can apply caulk to the cracks (or have us do it) to create a fresh seal that will prevent your cool air from escaping. If you have an older home with single pane windows, you may also want to consider installing more energy efficient windows.

8. Have your vents and ducts serviced

It’s important to keep your vents opened and unblocked of clutter/furniture to make sure your AC system is running as efficiently as possible. Blocked vents make your AC system work harder than it has to, leading to higher energy bills – and may even cause damage to your AC unit over time.  Many people think if they close the vents or shut doors this saves energy.  It is best to leave doors and vents opened and if you have 2 systems, make sure they are both running.

Ducts should also be checked for cracks, as escaping air may also cause your AC to run less efficiently. Additionally, keeping your vents clean is important to your health, as dirty vents can harbor bacteria and microorganisms that can affect your health.  Having an Air filtration system with MERV11 or MERV16 5” pleated filter system will keep your system and ductwork clean. UV lights can kill bacteria, mold, and mildew. Investing in a planned maintenance agreement can ensure that your HVAC system stays clean and running as efficiently as possible all year long.

Get Your House Ready for Your Vacation with these 5 Tips

Just because you’re away on vacation doesn’t mean you don’t stop thinking about or needing to take care of your house. Here are 5 tips to make sure your home is safe from electrical issues while you are gone.

Unplug

Even when your devices are turned off, they still use up power and electricity and could be subject to surges and shorts. By unplugging your devices, specifically things like your TV, computers, lamps, and more you will save money on electrical use and protect from any potential fire hazards. Unless you want a stinky mess when you come home, you probably should leave your fridge plugged in, but you could always turn down the settings slightly.

Hot Water Tank

Another way to reduce your costs and power usage while you are away is to turn down the temperature on your water heater. Even though you are not using your hot water while on vacation, the water will cool on its own which will kick in the heating process of your tank. Most hot water tanks have a setting on them called ‘vacation’ or ‘away.’ Simply find the temperature knob or panel, and set it to the vacation temperature which is usually just above the pilot setting. Why heat your water when you won’t be using it?

Temperature Settings

Don’t leave the temperature turned up high or the AC turned on at all when you are away. If you’re traveling in the winter, you will have to leave the heat on, but the temperature can be much lower than if you were at home to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting. As well, if you are away in the summer, there is no need to keep your air conditioning on at all. You can cool your house down again when you come home. If you have pets you can’t take with you, consider having someone else look after them at their home.

Programmable Lights

At night, we want some lights on in our house, so it looks like people are at home. There are devices we can get so we can program our lights, inside or out, to come on at a particular time. Timed lights will work to reduce our electrical costs. You could also look into smart lights, either builds or fixtures which you can control from your smartphone and turn on and off wherever you are.

Check-In

Lastly, have a friend, family member, or neighbor check in on your house every few days while you are away. Someone walking around your home and property could notice a problem before it becomes severe. Some insurance companies require that someone check on an empty house for the coverage to still be valid in case of an emergency.

How to Decide Whether to Replace or Repair Your HVAC System

How to Decide Whether to Replace or Repair Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system is malfunctioning; how do you know whether it’s worth repairing or if it should be replaced altogether? While we can certainly give recommendations when we take a look at your HVAC system, here are a few guidelines you can keep in mind to determine which choice is right for you.

It’s Worth the Cost of Repairs if:

  • If your system is less than 10 years old. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that the typical HVAC system is expected to last about 10-15 years. If your unit is less than 10 years old does or does not have manufacturer’s parts warranty, it’s most likely more cost-efficient to have it repaired. Over 10 years old? You’ll most likely want to have it replaced to save on repeated service calls.
  • Your ductwork is the issue. Many times, issues with your HVAC system can be caused by problems with your ducts. It’s estimated that about 10-30% of your HVAC system’s air leaks out before it reaches the interior of your home, so having your ducts checked for any leaks or gaps can save you money on energy costs and help your system run more efficiently.
  • You’ve had regular maintenance performed on your HVAC unit. If you’ve kept up with regular maintenance on your HVAC system, this can reduce demand service calls and save on your power bill monthly. Regularly cleaning the unit of dust, pollen, animal hair, dirt, and debris should ensure that your unit doesn’t fail before it’s time. We recommend having your HVAC system serviced twice a year; spring and fall are a great time to get your system ready for your heavier heating and cooling needs during the summer and winter months.

It’s Worth the Cost of Replacing if:

  • Your unit is over 10 – 15 years old. As mentioned above, at this age, your unit is nearing the end of its lifespan, and that means the chances of it having repeated need for repairs goes up. As the components in your HVAC begin to age and malfunction, it’s generally cheaper to simply replace the entire unit than to pay for repairs every season.
  • You notice higher energy bills when you use your HVAC. As HVAC units age, they become less energy efficient and must work harder to keep your home heated and cooled. If you notice that your energy bills have been rising, it may be worth replacing your older unit entirely.
  • Your HVAC system isn’t keeping your home comfortable. If your system isn’t able to keep up with the demands of your home and you’re continuously noticing that rooms aren’t as comfortable as they should be, it may be time to replace your HVAC unit.

Are you still having trouble deciding whether you need a repair or replacement? You can do a quick calculation to see what would be more cost-effective. Contact us for an estimate for HVAC repair, and then multiply that number by the age of your system in years. Then, check that price against the price of a new unit. If it’s more than the cost of a new unit, then it’s best to replace it. If it’s less, and the system is under 10 years old, it’s probably best to repair it. If you’re still unsure, our skilled technicians can provide expert advice on whether your unit should be replaced versus repaired. Give us a call and we’ll come out and take a look!