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KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL HVAC Upgrade By Michael DeBerdine III

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ome heating and cooling make up more than 50% of a typical homeowner’s utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you’ve got an older model furnace, boiler, or air conditioning system, chances are you’re paying more than you should to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. New HVAC equipment can provide increased efficiency, lower utility bills, better air quality, and a more consistent temperature throughout your home. Yet, despite these benefits, many homeowners put off installing new equipment because they focus on the initial expense. It’s important to keep in mind that replacing an older unit is an investment that may actually pay for itself through increased energy efficiency— and that some companies offer no-interest financing that can make new equipment more affordable.

Whether or not you are in the market for a new air conditioning or heating system, there are a variety of factors to consider when determining when it may be time to replace an outdated unit.

Tell-Tale Signs of a Faltering System

There are a variety of recognizable signs that any home owner can look for to determine if their HVAC system needs to be replaced. • SYSTEM AGE: If your system is 10-20 years old, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recommends arranging an evaluation by a qualified contractor to evaluate it. In addition, if your furnace or boiler has a pilot light, which continuously drains energy, the Energy Department recommends upgrading the unit. • TEMPERATURE CHECK: If the room that your furnace or boiler resides in feels hot, even when the system is not in operation, your equipment may be experiencing high idle loss (and potentially costing you bundles in unnecessary energy bills). • UNEVEN HEATING AND COOLING: If you notice that some rooms don’t get as warm or cool as others, and there is not a uniform temperature throughout your home, your system may not be functioning properly. If any of the above items apply to your equipment, it’s time to consider a replacement.

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AT HOME IN BERKs August 2014

Aug 14: At Home in Berks  
Aug 14: At Home in Berks  

The Layout & Design issue of “At Home in Berks” magazine, published 1 Aug 14. Engineers, Architects, and Designers are Visionaries Par-Excel...

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