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Why Replace Entire HVAC System at the Same Time?

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Replacing your air conditioner and furnace at the same time is expensive. So, is it better to replace one now and replace the other later? The simple answer is “no”. The average lifespan of a central air conditioner is about 15-20 years. The average lifespan of a furnace is 15-30 years. Therefore, it seems reasonable that replacing your furnace might be something you could wait on. However, here are 4 reasons why you should replace your entire HVAC system at the same time.

1.Easier to do Everything at Once

It’s easier and much more cost effective to replace your entire HVAC system at once. This is especially true if the installation is complicated. Many of the same parts within an air conditioning system and furnace need to be taken apart and reassembled. It saves time and money when both installs are done together. Repeating portions of the job at a later date can double the cost of labor.

In addition, it’s important to hire the right company to install your HVAC system. Look for a company that has an excellent rating with a highly skilled staff you can trust that in your home. Look for companies such as Nelson Comfort that have been around for decades serving the Cincinnati area.

2. Less Disruption for You and Your Family

Installing a new HVAC system takes time. Separate installations require even more time, additional consultations and scheduling. Likewise, you will need to take time out of your busy schedule to provide access to technicians. You can avoid this hassle by having both your heating and cooling systems replaced at the same time.

 3. Maximized Efficiency with a “Matched” System

The only way to guarantee a new air conditioner will perform at its’ rated efficiency is to replace the heater at the same time. Some parts, such as a blower, are necessary to produce the proper air flow for both your AC and heat. I

Your system will be mismatched if you replace your old AC with a highly efficient AC that has a SEER rating above 16 and your furnace has an old blower. This could result in lower efficiency and premature failure.

4. Save Money

If you replace your entire HVAC system you won’t have to worry about HVAC repairs and replacements for a while. Additionally, you will reduce your energy bills and extend the life of your new system. All of this saves you money.

So, is there ever a time when you shouldn’t replace your entire HVAC system?

There is only one reason that you may consider waiting to replace your furnace when you are replacing your air conditioning. If your furnace is less than 10 years old. Of course, be sure to weigh out all of the options and speak to a trusted HVAC company before making that decision.

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If you’re considering having a new air conditioner installed this season, Nelson Comfort is the contractor you want on the job. Upgrading your furnace at the same time can save time and money. Call Nelson Comfort at (513) 741-8338 for a free estimate on a new HVAC installation.

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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