Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
Your furnace is broken again, and the HVAC professional says it's going to be hundreds of dollars or more—do you repair it or get a new unit? The answer is that you should weigh your options to find out what is going to be the best financial decision for your home and what is going to be the best investment long term. Replacing the unit may be the best choice if your current furnace is aging and isn't very efficient. Consider the following.
What is the Age of Your Furnace?
The age of your furnace should play an important role in deciding if you want to invest the money in a new furnace and get rid of your current model. If your current model is already 15-25 years old, it probably doesn't have a lot of life left, and you should consider replacing it. If it's just past the warranty but less than a decade old, you may get a lot of use out of it after fixing it.
Is it an Efficient Model?
Is your current furnace heating your home efficiently, or is it costing you money during the winter? If it's older, it could be running at a poor efficiency rate, and upgrading to a unit that is 90 percent efficient or more is a better, more economical choice for your home. It can also help you qualify for a rebate for your taxes to get some money back for the upgrade in your home when you file.
Are Repairs Becoming Common?
Have you had a lot of furnace repairs in the past couple of years, and you're noticing that it's becoming a problem? If so, this indicates that your unit may be taking a turn for the worse, and investing more money into it could be money wasted. If this costly repair is the first major repair you've had, your furnace may still have a lot of life left in it.
The HVAC expert that comes to your home can tell you what potential problems they see with the model when they find the problem and give you an estimate for a repair, and how efficient your current model is. Take these things into consideration before you stick a lot of money into the unit, and get a quote to install a new furnace that you can rely on to run all winter and to run efficiently.