Is My HVAC System Too Old?

Everyone knows that upgrading major appliances can be incredibly beneficial to your home. New washers and dryers are great for saving water and energy, and a new fridge can add form and function to a kitchen. But when it comes to HVAC systems, where it’s mostly function, and the lifespan can vary considerably, the timeline on upgrading these systems can seem a bit mysterious. And, since these purchases can be quite a bit costlier than a new washing machine, it’s good to know when is the best time to invest in such a major purchase. So, how do you know if your HVAC system is too old?

Even if your HVAC system is running, it may not actually be adding much benefit to your home. From wasted money to polluted air, there are several reasons you may want to consider replacing your current HVAC system.

When you’re considering improving your Corona, California area home, keep these things in mind:

The Age of the Unit

First and foremost, consider how old the unit is, and how often it has been operated over its lifetime. Energy Star recommends the following guidelines for replacing your HVAC system based on age alone. Heat pumps and air conditioners over 10 years old, and furnaces over 15 years old should be replaced with an upgraded energy efficient model. These upgraded units not only save energy, they can save you up to 20% on your cooling and heating bills.

Excess Noise

Does your HVAC system make loud noises when it clicks on? This could be due to several reasons, but overall, your HVAC system shouldn’t be making any overly annoying sounds while running. If you notice your system making loud noises, then you’ll want to have an inspection to see if the unit is repairable, or would be better off replaced.

High Energy Bills

Speaking of energy bills, if you notice that your heating and cooling bills have been on the rise over the past couple of years, this may be a sign that your HVAC system needs replaced. If you observe uneven temperatures throughout different areas of your home, or if your system seems to shut off prematurely forcing you to run it more often, then it might be wise to consider an upgrade.

Frequent Repairs

When it comes to HVAC systems, there is a point of diminishing return. If you’re finding yourself calling an HVAC technician to repair your system every year, then it may be smart to consider replacing your unit entirely. An upgraded system will save you money on frequent repairs, and the system will be far more reliable.

 

If any of the above sounds familiar to you, and you’ve been considering replacing your HVAC system, give us a call. We’re happy to help you find the best energy efficient heating and cooling option for your home, that also fits your budget.

We’ve been proudly serving residents of the Corona, California area for over 30 years, so you can rest assured we’ll provide you with reliable and trustworthy service that fits your home comfort needs. Call us today to learn more at 951-356-4224, or visit our services page.

Do These 5 Things Before Putting Your Home On the Market

Are you planning on selling your home soon? If you want to maximize your home value, it is important to make a few fixes before putting your home on the market.

Home Repair Checklist for Sellers

When selling your home it is important to get it ready for potential buyers. You need to consider doing these 5 things before putting your home on the market:

  1. Home Repairs

    These include the little fixes that you have been able to “live around” like hammering nails to secure them on the stair case, replacing a jiggly door knob; and could extend to heavy-duty repairs like fixing leaking roofs and pipes in the wall, installing or upgrading to a New HVAC System. None should be seen as less important or urgent than the other since the first impression matters a lot. However, the more expensive a potential repair might be, the more a potential buyer would cut off of their offer to buy.

  2. Painting

    Painting your home before putting it on the market is one of the least expensive ways to improve the appearance. Over the years your home’s paint job may be outdated or have chipped in certain corners. During a viewing session you would not want a piece of furniture to be moved only to reveal an untidy wall. A fresh coat of paint does wonders to a room by enhancing and brightening a room making it appealing and attractive to a potential buyer. It is advisable to pick neutral colors since these would be appealing to a majority of people.

  3. Outdoor Improvements and Landscaping

    Before a buyer even steps into your home, the first thing prospective buyers will see is the exterior of the house and the landscape. By then, they would have already formed an opinion about the house or visualize themselves living there… or not. This includes the general arrangement of your lawn, front porch, the dog’s kennel etc. A simple way to improve the external appearance of your home is to do some weeding, pruning and planting some green, leafy, mature plants that you can buy from your local gardening store.

  4. De-cluttering

    If you are selling your house before you move usually means that you have a lot of personal items. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. Good because you wouldn’t have to incur the extra cost of staging the house and bad because the house could be cluttered. Clutter is a disadvantage because it gives an impression of a small space with very little lighting which also means that the good features of the house will not be clearly displayed to potential buyers. You also need to ensure that everything in the home is clean, dust-free and have the windows cleaned and opened for more air circulation and lighting a few hours before a potential buyer arrives.

  5. Upgrade or Install a New HVAC System

    Heating during winter and Air Conditioning during summer are on the top of every potential home buyer’s list. A well ventilated home promotes good health, keeps unwanted smells out that tend to linger in the air especially when cooking, and also keeps your floors, walls and ceilings dry hence keeping out moisture and parlaying damage. Home owners are also always concerned about every additional cost that comes with buying a house. Installing or upgrading your HVAC System will go a long way in having an offer (or several offers) from potential buyers – especially the kind of numbers you’ll be willing to sell for. With the New HVAC System, the new owner would be able to manage their heating and cooling bills and generally manage their expenses in those areas instead of spending much more on repairs.

It is important to make fixes to your home before you put it on the market in order to maximize your home value. Sometimes this includes installing a new HVAC system. For any assistance on any of these products and services or for more information on HVAC System upgrades, please contact us at Allison today!