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A heating system is a must in every home or commercial property especially in areas that experience cold winters. A home heating system though has a lifespan and may need to be upgraded after a certain period of time.

And while a malfunction or an inefficient performance may be clues that an upgrade may be overdue, these signs also do not automatically mean that an upgraded is needed. Only a licensed HVAC Contractor can accurately determine if there is a need for the current system to be replaced, or if the malfunction can be remediated through troubleshooting, part replacement, or maintenance work.

When to Upgrade the Home Heating System

When to upgrade home heating systems. (Photo Credits)

The US Department of Energy’s Energy Star has mentioned several indicators that point to a need to upgrade to a new HVAC or heating system. Air Conditioning Contractors of America

“Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old. Consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 5% more efficient than a new, standard model.”

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Air Leaks

Home Garden and Television also discussed the signs that an HVAC upgrade is due, and one of the signs it mentioned is the constant need for repairs, and escalating heating or air conditioning bills. They however issues a reminder to homeowners who are already prepared to upgrade immediately to a new HVAC system.

“It’s a good idea to check your house and your HVAC system for costly air leaks. This could be the root of the problem, and may be a lot less expensive to treat. It’s a good idea to start by having an energy assessment done on your home by an energy efficiency professional. This can either be a walk-through with a clipboard, or a more comprehensive audit with a blower-door test that pressurizes the house so energy leaks can be detected.”

The continuation can be read here.

If needed, an HVAC Upgrade will mean a more energy efficient and Eco-friendlier home. This is because newer HVAC models have better energy efficiency rate and at the same time utilizes a more environment-friendly technology. Moreover, it can also increase the value of a property, since the homeowner can put a premium on the newer HVAC system that has been installed.

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