Heating systems have a lifespan of about 10-20 years, after which time they will most likely need to be replaced. In general, an old system is an inefficient system, and that means added expenses for homeowners in the form of higher energy bills and repair costs. Since heating and cooling account for 1/2 – 2/3 of annual energy bills here in the Cleveland area, it’s important that homeowners replace their systems with energy-efficient systems.
The following heating system replacement tips will ensure that your system provides you with energy efficient and safe operation:
1. Comply with building codes. No matter where you live, there are local codes that you must abide by when replacing your heating system. You will likely need a building permit and perhaps even have your installation inspected by the city. Licensed contractors will know the relevant codes and required installation practices.
2. Comply with manufacturer’s instructions. When installing the equipment, you must be in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Because of ongoing training and certifications licensed contractors are best qualified for the job.
3. Use energy efficient equipment. Using high efficiency energy systems will add value to your home, lower your monthly energy bills and may even qualify you for government rebates, thereby reducing costs even further.
4. Be careful with air ducts. While connecting the air ducts to the plenums are recommended, air ducts that are not properly secured may leak. Your HVAC technician will know how to reduce the risk of reduced air flow, which forces the system to work much harder and expend more energy to cool and heat your home. Reduced air flow has other obvious consequences such as comfort and health concerns. You also want to make sure air ducts are the right size when adding air conditioning to a home, as improper duct sizes will also affect system energy efficiency and comfort problems.
6. Consider replacing circuit breakers for the condenser and air handler. You should do this if the recommended circuit breaker rating for the new equipment differs from the previous. Usually, new equipment is more energy efficient, necessitates less power to function, and this equipment normally requires a circuit breaker or fuse with a smaller rating. Sometimes this is achieved by utilizing a fused disconnect at the outdoor cooling unit
Because a new heating system can provide years of energy efficient service and comfort, you should make sure that the new system is properly installed. Government studies at Energy star have documented that improper installation can lead to a reduction of up to 30% of rated efficiency on brand new installations! We specialize in new HVAC installations of energy-efficient equipment. Contact us for more information about heating/cooling system replacement.
P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between. To get started, check out our website.