Why Your HVAC System Shouldn’t Celebrate World Senior Citizens Day
World Senior Citizens’ Day is August 21st and while that’s a great time to celebrate grandma and grandpa, one thing that shouldn’t be celebrating life as a senior is your HVAC system.
We rely on these systems to keep us cool in the summer and warm all winter long. They also help us breathe healthy and clean filtered air. The problem is we tend to forget about them until there’s a problem.
So, what happens if your HVAC system is too old? Can it cause any health concerns? At what point is it better to install a new HVAC system rather than keep fixing the old one? These are all good questions and we’ll help you answer them in this quick article.
Don’t Overlook The Importance of an Effective Air Filter
Today’s new HVAC systems are rated and capable of using better quality filters. Improving your home’s air quality shouldn’t depend on when you think about changing the filter.
You’ll want to implement a system where you remember to change your filters every month.
That way you’ll avoid seeing a bed of dust on your filter when you finally do remember to change them out. Routine filter maintenance will ensure that you get the most life out of your system.
However, just like we mentioned earlier, if you want to really improve your home’s air quality and you have an antique system, you’ll want to consider installing a new HVAC system that can support today’s high MERV rating filters. Older units just do not move enough air to support these filters.
A New HVAC System Can Help Your Family with Many Health Issues
Many of our customers suffer from health problems such as asthma or even seasonal allergies. These conditions can be really aggravated by older HVAC systems.
Oftentimes, these units look fine on the outside, but to the trained eye, there can be potential problems underneath the surface.
Some of the older systems we’ve replaced had out of date or no air filters at all. This let allergens, dust, and mold spores pass freely into the home’s air.
This can make life a living nightmare for homeowners, who think everything looks fine, only to find out it’s the HVAC system that’s making them miserable. We’ve even seen mold growing in older ductwork that can really cause serious health issues.
Deciding What HVAC Services or Replacements You Need
By now you’re probably thinking, “I know my system is old but is it that old?” Nobody wants to shell out hard-earned money, especially if your system appears to be working fine.
However, these older units are ticking time bombs, and believe us, they never fail when it’s convenient. It always seems to be right in the middle of a holiday weekend. We know, we get those calls all the time.
If you ask a dozen HVAC contractors how long a furnace or AC unit lasts, you’re likely to get a dozen different answers. That’s because each system is unique. Was there routine maintenance? Was it installed by a qualified contractor? There’s no one answer. That being said, most units will last about 15 years.
Your HVAC system is not like a fine wine, it’s not going to improve with age. If you’re questioning whether or not it’s time to retire your HVAC system, the first step is to get an expert opinion. At Skovron Mechanical Services LLC. we’re known for helping homeowners in Manchester keep their HVAC systems running smoothly. We also have the tools and training to replace your system should it be time.