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Considerations for a Big HVAC System Upgrade This Year

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Spring is almost here. At least “officially,” since there’s no guarantee a cold snap won’t strike Indiana during April. But spring is still a time when people begin making plans for the middle of the year and the change in weather as we emerge from under the thumb of winter. The term “spring cleaning” now simply means all the planning that goes into the season. Part of that planning may be upgrading the HVAC system in your house.

What Do I Need to Upgrade?

The answer to that question is different for everyone. You may only need to make a few repairs to the ventilation system (this is often overlooked). Or you arrange to have a completely new HVAC system installed to replace one that’s older than 15 to 20 years. Let’s look at a few considerations to make as you plan ahead for your home comfort.

The ductwork may need work

Have you had your ductwork tested during the last five years? (Related question: have you ever had your ducts tested at all?) If more than five years has passed since you last had HVAC experts test the ducts for air leaks, we recommend scheduling it this spring. Air leaks are an insidious drain on power that often goes unnoticed. You may be paying 25% more on cooling and heating costs because of these leaks. If you do have air leaks in the ducts, duct sealing will make them airtight once more.

Get that humidity under control

Is humidity usually a problem in your home during summer? Running the air conditioner for even longer isn’t the best way to approach this problem—it only wastes large amount of electrical power. Consider having a whole-house dehumidifier installed. This is an investment in better comfort, lower electrical bills, and a healthier house free from mold.

Time to finally go solar or geothermal

Are your plans turning toward junking your aging HVAC system and installing a fresh one? If so, look into the possibility of a solar-powered heat pump or ground-source (geothermal) heat pump. You may have considered either option before and dismissed it. But these systems are in easier reach than you may realize, and they quickly pay back their installation costs with energy savings that you can’t find in other types of systems. We work with both geothermal and solar power, and we’re happy to help you find a great, affordable option.

The ductless mini split heat pump path

Here’s a big change, but it may be a great one if you see remodeling in your future. Ductless mini split heat pumps are cooling and heating solutions that require no ventilation, making them ideal for remodels, add-on rooms, and new construction.

You know the Plymouth, IN, HVAC contractor you can trust for all these jobs: we’ve been here for more than thirty years, and we have the team of professionals who can see you have the best air conditioning system for this summer—and many summers to come.

Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning: A company you’ve grown to trust … for over thirty years! Serving Warsaw and North Central Indiana.

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