Three Key Things to Consider When Replacing Your HVAC System

September 2, 2014


Before you replace your HVAC system, consider these three key factors to help you choose the best system for your home.

st louis heating and coolingYour HVAC system is one of the biggest investments you will make for your home. It is most likely the most costly and sophisticated system in your home. However, HVAC systems also have a limited lifespan after which you may have to consider replacing them. Whether the system should be repaired or replaced is a big decision to make. If you decide to replace your HVAC system, consider several things, including when to replace, what to replace, and the right size and efficiency of the system.

When to Replace Your HVAC System

It is important to know when it is the right time to replace the HVAC system. Look for signs that tell you that replacement is now the best option. If the HVAC system is consuming too much energy, suffering frequent breakdowns, and has served you for 10-15 years, you may need to replace it.

Depending on the condition of your system, you may need to replace some components or the entire system. At Scott-Lee Heating Company we find that many of our clients only need certain components of their system replaced. For this reason, having a tech come investigate what is causing your HVAC issues can save you a lot of time and money.

In other cases, retrofitting the parts may be costly, and if you are still having to pay higher energy bills it might be a good idea to replace the entire system.

Getting the Right Size System For Your House

Once you have decided to replace the entire system, you will need to size the system to ensure that you get the best comfort level and energy efficiency. At Scott-Lee Heating Company we have access to software that will correctly size the system using inputs such as energy efficiency of the home, size and layout, and the temperature preferences of the family. Correct sizing is important because too large a system will waste energy, and too small a system will not keep you comfortable.

Choosing an HVAC System

When choosing the best HVAC system for your home, make sure to include an air conditioning system with a gas furnace or a heat pump. An important consideration while choosing a new system is the system efficiency. Seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is used to measure the efficiency of air conditioning systems. The higher the rating the better the system’s efficiency. For heat pumps, efficiency is measure using a heating system performance factor, and for gas furnaces it is rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency.

If you are looking to replace your HVAC system, contact Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 200-0788 for a detailed evaluation of your needs. We can recommend the best system for you and your family’s needs!