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Should You Replace Your AC at the Same Time as Your Furnace?

replace-heater-and-air-conditionerIt’s cold outside! Chances are, we didn’t need to tell you that. We certainly hope, though, that you have a fully functional heating system to depend on during these colder days. But what if your heater has failed you or a replacement has been recommended sooner than later?

You have many options to consider when looking into a new heater, and many homeowners wonder if they should take this time to look into an AC replacement as well, particularly if both systems are aging. While this decision may make a lot of practical sense, it’s not always so budget-friendly, unless you do it right.

System Lifespans

The average lifespan of a furnace is about 15 years, give or take a few years. This is, of course, dependent on it being professionally installed and maintained on a regular basis. The average lifespan of a central air conditioner is about the same. So if you purchased both your furnace and central AC at the same time, then it’s not a bad idea to consider replacement of both these systems—but that’s not your only option!

The Two-in-One System

You could invest in a Wilmette, IL heat pump. Heat pumps are used for both cooling and heating to provide you with year-round comfort. So if your furnace is failing and your AC system is on its way out as well, why not consider a system that can do it all? Additionally, heat pumps are extremely efficient systems, take up far less space than a furnace and central air conditioner together, and don’t produce any toxic combustion byproducts, making them highly eco-friendly.

The Benefits of Going Ductless

Let’s say that it’s time to replace both your furnace and central AC, but your ductwork is in pretty bad shape too. Sure, you can invest in duct repair services. However, if you are looking for a way to reduce your upfront costs and reduce your monthly bills, you’d do well to consider a ductless heat pump.

Ductless heat pumps are quick and easy to install (so long as the installation is performed by professionals), can be used for heating and cooling just like a ducted heat pump system, and provide an immediate return on investment by way of lowering heating and cooling bills.

Don’t Forget About Geothermal Heating and Cooling

A geothermal heat pump system is another two-in-one option to replace both your furnace and AC system at the same time. This system involves a set of loops that are buried beneath your property.

Instead of transferring heat from the air from one place to another like a traditional heat pump system, a geothermal system takes advantage of the steady temperature of the earth, transferring heat from and to it. Water-source loops are another form of geothermal system, requiring a water source such as a pond, river or lake to exhaust heat into.

No matter the type of HVAC system you choose, or whatever your heating and cooling needs are throughout the Chicagoland Area, Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. Contact our team to schedule service today!

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