If you were lucky enough to survive the recent Memorial Day heat-wave in Charleston without any issues from your HVAC system, then you were probably pretty happy to escape the heat in the comfort of your home or business.
If, however, you experienced some inconsistent performance — or an outright breakdown — you probably had a bit of a warmer holiday that you would have liked.
The good news is there are some proven ways to avoid that from happening again, though, and one of the sure-fire ways is by upgrading your air conditioning system.
Newer systems — when properly installed and maintained — give you your best shot at having consistent cooling operation, even during the hottest summer days here in the Lowcountry.
Even if your system isn’t exactly “newer”, a well maintained system that’s in the middle-range age-wise should keep you from worrying too much as well.
If you find yourself thinking or worrying about your system more and more often when the temperatures start to rise here in Charleston, here are some particular items to consider to know if you should proceed with an upgrade this year.
If you’re finding yourself calling your local HVAC company more and more often, this is a sure sign your system is probably on its way out the door.
The cost of those fixes adds up every time you call them out — by the time you add that all up there’s a good chance it’s the same price as if you went with a new system from the start.
Although your system may be doing its job from a comfort standpoint, if you notice your energy bills are climbing much higher than would be normal for the summer season, then an upgrade may a good idea in the not-to-distant future.
Older systems generally will run less efficiently over time, meaning they’ll need more and more energy to maintain a particular comfort level in your home.
Newer systems have improved technology to run at more optimal levels, which helps keep costs down even in the hotter seasons.
If your system is running into the 11-15 year range of operation, then it’s definitely nearing the time when breakdowns & the inefficiencies mentioned above start happening.
If you’re unsure about how old your system is, see if you can find out when your home was built — if it was beyond 11 years ago, then it’s probably is time to start the process of installing an upgraded unit.
Most homes in Charleston are setup with the traditional central air conditioning or heat pump installations, however there are a few other options you should seriously consider upgrading to this year.
One of those setups is the ductless mini-split air conditioning system (follow that link to learn more about those systems). For many homeowners this type of system can help reduce operation costs along with maintenance costs as they don’t rely on pushing air around your home via ductwork.
The other setup, which is gaining in popularity in the Lowcountry is the geothermal heating and cooling system setup (follow that link to learn even more about geothermal).
Essentially, geothermal works by using the cool earth below your home to cool your home during the summer. The ground below your home is much, much cooler than the outside air temperature so geothermal systems simply “pump” this cooler temperature throughout your home. The energy savings on these systems are incredible and we’ll explain further about the green energy tax incentives (both state and federal) you can get when you install a system on your property in a future post.
After reviewing this quick upgrade guide, we hope you have a better understanding on if you should upgrade your system in 2019 or not.
If you do feel like you’re ready for an upgrade, be sure to check out our “Moose is Loose” promo running this summer, which gives you a chance at a cash reward (with a qualified new system install) and helps a local animal shelter at the same time.