It is important for your Jacksonville, FL home to have a functioning, high-quality heating and cooling system that you can trust. But even if you always schedule professional maintenance for your HVAC system at least once a year as suggested, eventually your system will begin to break down or lose efficiency. Here are some simple things to look for when determining if you should replace your HVAC system.
Your Energy Bills Keep Going Up
Of course, it’s normal for your energy bill to have seasonal fluctuations. In the South, energy bills are typically higher in the summer and lower in the winter. However, year-to-year energy bills for the same month should remain comparable, barring weather anomalies. If you notice that your bill this June is significantly higher than last June, even though the weather is the same, it may be time to consider replacing your HVAC system or scheduling an energy audit.
It’s Getting Harder to Breathe
Proper ventilation is crucial for the health of your HVAC system, and it’s also good for your health. When ventilation systems become clogged over time or break down, excess dust, humidity, and carbon dioxide can build up in the air. This causes unexplained health problems and even unwanted biological growth. Keep an eye out for these things, as they’re sure signs that it’s time to replace your unit.
It’s Getting Harder to Stay Comfortable
If it seems like your HVAC unit is turning on more often but the temperature still seems higher or lower than the thermostat reading, it’s definitely time to consider installing a new unit.
In addition to these telltale signs, the age of your unit is the primary indicator of whether or not it’s time to replace it. The Department of Energy recommends homeowners install new HVAC systems every 10 to 15 years. If you’re still not sure, or you’d like more information about your options, please call (904) 268-3800 to contact your local HVAC professionals at Abaco Air Experts today!
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