There are several factors to consider when deciding whether to repair your failing system, or replace it. If your system is more than 12 years old, it is likely a bit behind in terms of efficiency, which means your system has to work harder and use more energy to make your home comfortable. You also need to evaluate the cost of the repair versus investing in a new system. The older your unit is, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to see significant savings in your energy bill by upgrading, enough to pay for the new system in a relatively short amount of time.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit will perform.
Choosing a new unit can be a daunting task, one that is made easiest with the assistance of your trusted heating and air conditioning contractor. A good rule of thumb is to choose a manufacturer that has a good reputation for quality and durability. If high efficiency is important to you, research units with a high SEER rating. Tell your contractor your needs and they will find the unit best suited for you, and will size it accordingly.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. To put it simply, it covers every aspect of heating and cooling your home, from your air conditioning unit, to your duct work that sends the cooled or heated air through your home.
How often you replace your filter varies, depending on your individual circumstances. Generally, you should check your filter every month, if it’s visibly dirty, a replacement is in order. At a minimum, you should replace your filter every 3 months.