What’s the Most Expensive Appliance in the Home? Your HVAC System
December 21, 2018
Unlike your dishwasher, refrigerator and other appliances and electronics in your home, the HVAC system costs many thousands of dollars. If you’re going to be spending that kind of money, you want to do everything possible to protect your investment.
2019 Costs to Install HVAC System
The cost of installing or replacing you’re a central heating and cooling system depends on a variety of factors, such as the size of your home and the features/upgrades you choose.
If you are just replacing your air conditioning system, you can expect to pay around $3,500 to $10,000.
If you are replacing both the furnace and air conditioner, the cost of installation is anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000+.
A Sizable Investment
Your HVAC system was not an impulse buy. This is a collection of equipment that you spend a good deal of money on and that you rely on to keep your family comfortable throughout the year.
The price you pay for a new HVAC system is partly determined by the correct size of your HVAC unit. Air conditioners are sized by “tonnage” while furnaces are sized by “BTU output.”
To determine the correct HVAC sizing for your home, always work with a qualified professional.
When you look at it that way, it’s easy to see why it’s worth doing anything you can to protect your investment.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Large-cost purchases, like cars and HVAC systems, require ongoing maintenance to maintain warranties and keep the equipment running smoothly.
Routine HVAC maintenance (fall furnace tune-up and spring ac tune-up) improves indoor air quality, increases energy efficiency, and reduces repair needs. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it can also double the lifespan of the HVAC system.
As mechanics put it, a 30-dollar expense on oil change will save you $3000 on a new engine. The same thing goes with your home. Regular and consistent care of your plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems will avoid problems that result in costly expenses. Regular maintenance will protect your investment.
Surge Protection for HVAC
No one wants to lose something so valuable to a surge that could have been prevented. That’s why a surge protector is so vital for your system.
The surge protector monitors the levels of electricity coming into your HVAC system. In the event that a surge occurs for any reason (faulty wiring, a lightning strike, etc.), the surge protector will immediately cut off power to the HVAC unit and shut all of the equipment down.
Installing a surge protector is a relatively minor expense compared to the money and inconvenience it could save you by preventing serious damage to your HVAC equipment.
Speak with the experts at Fix-It 24/7 about how best to protect your HVAC equipment.
Install a High-Efficiency HVAC system
Install energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment to save hundreds of dollars every year in energy costs. Speak with your HVAC contractor about replacement options when your HVAC system has reached its 15-year mark.
Usually, if your furnace or air conditioner is over 15 years you can save a lot of energy and money by replacing it with a modern, energy-efficient system.
Proper HVAC Installation
Unfortunately, over half of all new HVAC systems are improperly installed (Energy Star). If your new heating and air conditioning units aren’t installed correctly, they won’t last as long and will develop airflow, air quality, and efficiency problems. This can lead to high energy bills, indoor comfort problems, insufficient dehumidification, and poor airflow.
If you add improper maintenance onto improper installation, you’ll be lucky if your HVAC system lasts more than 10 years.
If your home cannot accommodate the bulky ductwork that forced air systems demand, a ductless mini-split system may be right for you. They also eliminate the potential air loss associated with ductwork by eliminating the need for air ducts. They are easily zone controlled as well to boost efficiency further.
This is the primary certification program for technicians in the heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration industries. In fact, this is the only certification or test that is supported by the entire industry.
What does this mean for you as a home or business owner? This means that when you get your appliance from us and let us install and maintain it for you, you are guaranteed not only the highest quality appliance but also efficient installation, superb maintenance as well as Factory Authorized Parts that ensure the utmost efficiency and performance of your HVAC system.
When shopping for a new heating and/or cooling system, make sure to do your due diligence when hiring a professional contractor. In addition to hiring the right heating and cooling contractor, there are several things you can do to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
If you are experiencing any heating problems this winter, go over a furnace troubleshooting checklist, then give us a call if you are still having issues.
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