When you buy a home and start a family, you don’t expect the home to stay the same forever. Instead, you expect it to grow and change as your family grows. You may foresee moving to a larger house at some later date, remodeling, or even doing add-on construction to expand your space. When it comes to heating and cooling systems, though, many of us expect it to keep working faithfully year after year no matter how our families change. Has your heating and cooling system grown with your family? Or is it time to make some changes? Ask yourself these five questions to find out.
Has Your Energy Bill Suddenly Spiked?
Heating and cooling bills do fluctuate depending on how much you run your system. But if you notice a dramatic increase in your bill from one month to the next, and it doesn’t seem in line with the amount of actual heating or cooling you’ve done, it may be time to have your system looked at by a professional. A NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified HVAC technician can tell you whether your family has outgrown your system, and give you the best options to remedy the problem.
Are Parts of Your Home Too Cold or Too Hot?
Do you feel like you live in Goldilocks’ house? Are some rooms too hot, some too cold, and others just right? If so, your system may not be operating as efficiently as it should. There are many possible causes for this problem, from poorly sealed and insulated ducts to a system that’s just isn’t up to task.
Have You Noticed That You’re Dusting More Often?
An overabundance of dust can mean that your system isn’t up to snuff. Too much dust may be the consequence of irregular or poor maintenance, which takes its toll on your system. And too much dust is more than an annoyance; it can contribute to indoor allergies and poor overall air quality in your home.
Is the Humidity in Your Home Too High or Too Low?
A system that’s operating at peak efficiency will keep the humidity in your home at the proper level. If your in-home air is too damp, it can lead to issues like mold and mildew growth. This contributes to allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. If you have mold, your system probably isn’t doing its job.
Is Your System Older Than Your School-Aged Children?
If your system is ten years old or more, it may be time to upgrade. Technology has come a long way in the last decade, and what was state-of-the-art back then is not just dated, it’s much less efficient than a newer model. Energy standards were raised in 1992 and again in 2005, and if you have a system older than that, you’re probably paying much more than you need to each summer and winter.
Just as you don’t expect your home to stay static, your heating and cooling system may need to grow and change as your family grows. If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, it may be a clue that you’ve outgrown your old system and need to look into a new one.