HVAC Tips – Types of HVAC Systems and How To Decide If You Should Repair or Replace Yours…

Should you repair or replace your heating or cooling equipment when it has a problem? It depends on how much lower the equipment should last and how much your equipment is worth at the time of the problem. We don’t always rush to replace the equipment. Sometimes a nice fix is a better fit for the situation and your budget. Every situation is different and requires a conversation but we’ve provided a simple rule of them diagram based on repair costs and the age of your equipment for both furnaces and air conditioners.

When to Replace Heating Cooling Equipment Diagram

Using This Diagram

So using the diagram you can see that it may be best to replace your Air Conditioner if its 12 years old and the repair will cost $800. But you may be selling the home and not want to buy a replacement.  So it all depends! Use the rule of thumb but also take into consideration your situation.

Replacement is an Opportunity to Improve Utility Bills and Comfort

When you need to replace your equipment it is an opportunity to improve your home comfort and lower your utility bills. Ask your HVAC company about high efficiency furnaces and variable speed blowers and how they can save you on your monthly bills. Then weigh the pros and cons.

Do You Trust Your HVAC Company?  You Need an Honest Assessment of Your Equipment

Sometimes 10 year old equipment  that was installed poorly needs to be replaced and sometimes 20 year old equipment works like new because it’s been well taken care of over the years. Every situation is different and everyone’s needs are different. Make sure you are working with someone you can trust!

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If You Need a New HVAC Systems… Understand Your Options

HVAC systems typically contain a thermostat that allows the user to control the temperature and an air filter that removes impurities and keeps the air clean. There is duct work and vents that distribute the heated or cool air throughout the home.

4 Types of HVAC systems

  1. Split Systems – These systems have quality and reliability built-in. They are split between a heating unit which is typically located inside and runs on oil or gas, and a cooling unit which is located outside and runs on electricity. Split system are the the most common type HVAC systems. This system is a combination for reliable operation and easy service.
  2. Hybrid Systems – These systems are like a hybrid car because a hybrid HVAC system can “choose” between two different energy sources to attain the highest efficiency. With a hybrid HVAC system, the system’s computer selects either an electrically-powered heat pump or a furnace that burns natural gas, propane or fuel oil. This allows the homeowner to have more control, save money and reduce energy usage.
  3. Duct-free Systems – These systems are a great solution for a home that has no ductwork, room additions, or outbuildings where extending or installing ductwork is not ideal, and spaces that are directly connected to unconditioned spaces like garages, attics, or sun rooms, where ductwork would be exposed to harsher temperatures. Each unit has its own indoor and outdoor component, eliminating the need for ductwork.
  4. Packaged Heating and Air Systems – These systems are all-in-one solutions, with most of the components for heating and/or cooling housed in a single cabinet. A packaged heat pump system combines heating, air conditioning and air-handling all in one unit. These systems offer an energy efficient solution for homes in mild climates. These units are specially good for older homes who were running space heater and window AC units. They will reduce the energy bills and make the home more comfortable.

One of the biggest concerns for property owners when installing a new HVAC system is the energy efficiency and and cost to operate the system. Which system to choose depends on the size of your home. A larger home will typically be more energy efficient on a split system. If you live in a small home or condo you get better value from a packaged system. And if you are just looking to add HVAC to a guest house, workshop or garage a duct-free system is best because it is individually controlled. Installing ductwork can cost up to $5,000 at a hefty price of $35 to $55 per foot. Since the main drawback of installing HVAC system is the upfront cost this could determine what kind of system to install. It will also depend on the size of your home. If you already have vents and ducts you well be best to replace your existing HVAC system split system. You should also consider maintenance. Duct -free systems often require the most ongoing maintenance, a hefty price to pay for a lower energy bill. Your HVAC system will need replacement every 10 to 15 years. Another con can be the physical appearance of the system installation. Most people are accustomed to seeing ductwork in homes and vents are easy to hide making the split systems the most aesthetically pleasing. Duct-free systems aren’t always the easiest to incorporate into your interior design space they have a large indoor unit mounted on a wall in each room.

Phoenix Comfort Systems helps our residential and commercial customers decide if they should replace or repair their equipment all over the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area every day.

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Phoenix Comfort provides a full range of air conditioning and heating repair, installation, and maintenance services for residential and commercial customers. We keep your air conditioning and heating systems in their best condition and ready to go when you need them most, following the industry’s “best practice” methods and standards. Phoenix Comfort carries a full line of quiet, energy-efficient Tempstar air conditioning and heating equipment.
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