Replacing your furnace and air conditioner is a major home update — one of the most expensive maintenance costs you’ll face as a homeowner. If only one of these systems has broken down, you’re probably hoping you can continue to keep the other working. If you only have to replace one, that would save money, right?
The answer: not always. Sometimes you can actually save money by replacing both the furnace and air conditioner at the same time. How do you know if this is the right choice for you?
How Old Are Your Systems?
The expected life span of a furnace is 20 to 30 years. Your air conditioner, not as long — 10 to 15 years. If you’re replacing your air conditioner at the 15-year mark and the furnace is almost at the 20-year mark, it might make financial sense to be proactive and replace both units.
Do You Spend Significantly on Heating and Cooling Costs?
Do you find that both your furnace and air conditioner are draining your wallet every month with rising energy costs? You might not be shocked to learn that today’s systems are drastically more energy-efficient than ones manufactured even 10 years ago. If you’re planning an upgrade, making the move early might not be a bad idea.
Are They Located in Tight Quarters?
If it’s hard to get to your HVAC system, you may save considerably on labor costs if you replace them both at once. If you wait and one needs to be replaced soon after the other, you’re paying twice for a difficult labor job.
Are You Looking to Sell Soon?
If both systems are nearing the end of their life spans and you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, it could be in your favor to invest in a new HVAC system, even if only one unit needs to be replaced right now. A new HVAC system is a major selling point and could set your home apart in a competitive real estate market.
Reduce Confusion and Increase Efficiency: Get Matching Units
A matching HVAC system is better for your home and your finances. Since both furnace and air conditioner are meant to work together, they achieve a higher level of energy efficiency than if you pair a new furnace with an old air conditioning unit, or vice versa.
Since you’ll have replaced them at the same time, they’ll likely have matching warranties, which makes it easier to keep track of how often you should service each unit.
Call Roberts Mechanical when you’re considering furnace and air conditioner replacement, and we will help you accurately assess whether it’s necessary to take care of both units right now. Get your free quote today!