A new heating and cooling unit is a great investment in your home’s future. Making such an important purchase can be a little intimidating, so we’ve compiled a simple and easy checklist so you can make sure you’re on the right track, every step of the way.
Step One: Prepare
The most important step in replacing your heating and cooling unit is to ensure it needs to be replaced at all. Sometimes you can simply repair your old unit without replacing it. A local certified Trane dealer can help you determine whether total replacement is the best option for you. For reference, a furnace usually lasts 12 to 18 years with proper maintenance, while an AC unit can last anywhere from 10-16 years. However, an older unit may run inefficiently and require excessive maintenance, meaning that over time, it may be cheaper just to upgrade to a newer unit.
- Determine how old your system is
- Research your unit maintenance history
- Contact a local Trane dealer for help
Step Two: Research
Once you and your HVAC dealer have determined that your best bet is unit replacement, consider both size and efficiency. Be sure to avoid purchasing an oversized unit. Units that are too large can cause temperature fluctuations. Your Trane dealer can measure and inspect your home and recommend the best size for you.
Another important thing to consider is efficiency. Use the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER rating) of the unit to help make your decision. While 13-14 SEER is the minimum rating, depending on where you live, anything with a 16 SEER rating or higher is considered high-efficiency.
- Look over past energy bills
- Consider your future energy needs
Third Step: Shop
You should feel confident with your HVAC purchase. Find a local Trane dealer, like Air Solutions, with the proper experience, knowledge and equipment to help you choose the right system for your home. To learn more, contact Air Solutions at 833.257.4231 or visit https://www.airsolutionstx.com/contact-us/.