Some things just go together. Cookies and milk, baseball and peanuts. You can have one without the other, but it just isn’t the same. Stretching this metaphor to the HVAC world, a case can be made that your AC unit and your furnace belong together, specifically if you are going to replace one. Of course, perhaps you may not need to replace both. Your AC might be ready to quit while your furnace is chugging along just fine, or vice versa. Perhaps you are just not ready or able to incur the expense of replacing both. And that’s OK.
That said, your friends at Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc. want our customers to know there are two very compelling reasons why it is a great idea to replace both at the same time.
AC UNIT & FURNACE COMPATIBILITY
Having a matched split system means that all the parts of both the indoor and outdoor units are specifically designed and manufactured to operate together to generate maximum performance and operating efficiency. The indoor and outdoor units share a common indoor blower motor/air handler. With an unmatched system – especially if one component is more than 10 years old – the efficiency and overall performance of the system will likely be reduced. Also, the newer unit may not interact with the blower motor with the same results.
EFFICIENCY RATING UPGRADE
Today’s air conditioners come with a much higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating, which means they produce more with less energy used, thereby saving you money. If you plan to upgrade your AC to a 16 SEER or higher, it is recommended you replace the furnace as well.
In addition, there a two federal mandates that you should take note of when considering HVAC replacement.
One requires residential furnace manufacturers to include energy-efficient electronically commutated low-wattage motors (ECMs) on their furnace fans, instead of the permanent split capacitor (PSC) induction blower motors normally used. While the federal government project reductions in energy usage with new ECMs, it will drive the initial cost of the furnace up.
The second mandate to be aware of is the banning of R-22 refrigerant, which takes place Jan. 1, 2020. This will make charging and repairing older systems that are fueled with R-22 more difficult and much more costly. If your system is older than 10 years, it likely uses R-22 and should be considered for replacement.
Call Masters today for more information on HVAC system replacement and installation … with six locations (Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Mishawaka), Masters gets there faster!