Fall may be the best time to inspect and replace your HVAC system.
Is it time to replace your HVAC system? We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is coming to a close, and the cooler months of fall are just around the corner. But, here is some good news — if your current air conditioner was in need of constant repair this summer, and you struggled to maintain a comfortable indoor climate, fall may be the best time to think about having it evaluated, and maybe even replacing it. Below we’ll outline some key reasons why fall can be the best time to have a thorough evaluation, or even go forward with a replacement.
- Time is on your side: Since you won’t have an immediate demand for cooling, you and your contractor will both have a little more time to figure out exactly what system will be perfect for your home. You’ll also have time to get up to speed on all the latest AC technology, because a lot has changed since your system was first installed.
- Is your heat pump working? If your air conditioner doubles as a heat pump, having an early fall inspection by a licensed professional contractor can spot serious problems before you truly need to rely on its services.
- You could save money: Early fall is a period of time where many contractors are in between heating and cooling seasons and may be much more available, and more willing to work with you on pricing because they are slow. That being said, keep in mind the old adage that “you get what you pay for.” If a price seems entirely too low, it probably means some corners are being cut. Always research any contracting company you are interested in and never choose strictly on price.
- Energy savings: The average AC system lasts about 14-16 years, and incredible gains in energy savings have occurred since the beginning of the 2000s. By replacing your system this fall you can expect large gains in energy efficiency this summer, which will save you a significant amount of money over time.
Don’t look at fall as the end of summer — see it as an opportunity to make sure you are fully prepared for the winter and summer ahead. Call an HVAC expert and get a complete evaluation.