There are many different layouts and permutations for HVAC systems. Whether you have a traditional air conditioner combined with a gas or electric heating system, or a hybrid heat pump or individual heating and cooling units, most people think of heating and cooling separately. The maintenance is different separately, and the upgrades and repairs are often done separately.
But there are many benefits to combining your HVAC system maintenance and eventual upgrades into a single action, from cost reduction to greater overall efficiency.
Accurate Sizing for Your System
If the time has come to replace your air conditioner or heating system, you likely need a professional to come to your home and size the system to ensure it accurately matches the square footage of your home. By having everything sized at the same time, you can ensure accuracy for both systems, especially if your other system was improperly sized and has been inefficient for some time.
While most heating systems last for upwards of 20 years or longer, the average air conditioner should be replaced after 10-15 years. As such, even if your system is not quite ready for replacement, it may be close, and if it’s also become inefficient, it’s worth considering replacement.
Purchasing a Matched System
By purchasing matching air conditioning and heating systems, you can benefit substantially from greater efficiency ratings. Matched systems will use the same air handler, which will allow you to reduce overall equipment and energy costs, and they are designed to work together, meaning less wear and tear on the parts needed for both systems, and greater overall performance year round.
Replacing a single unit in your overall HVAC system means that the remaining units may become less efficient because they are not designed by the manufacturer specifically to work together. While the difference is not often substantial, it can add up over time and if you are close to a replacement anyways, it’s worth considering the dual upgrade. Warranties may work together in a matched system as well, another important cost saving factor.
Reduced Installation Costs
The third area in which you can save money is the actual installation process. Because of the complexity of installing a new HVAC system, you can save a lot of money by having both systems installed simultaneously. Access to core HVAC components, upgrades to ductwork and air handlers, and other changes can all be done together instead of duplicating effort in a few short years.
While it doesn’t always make sense to upgrade both your heating and air conditioning systems at the same time, there are many situations when it does. If both systems are close to their natural lifespan, the efficiency just isn’t there anymore, or if one or both was improperly sized and installed when initially purchased, consider the cost and energy savings of purchasing a matched system that will work together for decades to come.