You do not have to replace your entire HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system if it doesn't perform to your liking. You can upgrade relevant parts of the system to boost its performance. For example, upgrade to a smart thermostat, high-efficiency filter, or variable-speed motor. Ensure your upgrades will be worthwhile before you begin.
Below are three things to do to prepare for the upgrades.
1. Evaluate Whether You Need an Upgrade or Replacement
First, determine if an upgrade will improve the HVAC's performance or if you need to replace the whole system. Below are some factors to help you decide.
- The current system's age
- The scope of necessary upgrades
- The cost of the upgrades
- Your aims or targets
- The current system's condition
For example, an upgrade makes sense if you have a working system but want to improve its performance. On the other hand, reconsider your upgrade aspirations if the HVAC system is aging and nearing the end of its lifespan; a replacement may be better in such a case.
2. Analyze the Existing System and Desired Improvements
Analyze your HVAC system and understand what you want to achieve with the upgrades before you begin. The understanding will help you focus on the upgrades that can give you the targeted benefits.
Say you want to improve our HVAC system's energy efficiency, which currently runs on an inefficient permanent split capacitor. You can upgrade the motor to an efficient electronically commutated motor with variable runtimes.
Another example is a homeowner who wants independent temperature control for different house parts. The homeowner can install a zoning system that uses dampers and strategically placed temperature sensors in different parts of the house.
3. Consider Future House Remodeling
You should also know whether you intend to renovate your home in the future before upgrading your HVAC system. Home renovations often necessitate HVAC changes. For example, you might need to redesign the HVAC vents and registers when you change your home's layout, for example, by knocking down some walls.
You shouldn't upgrade your HVAC only to do it again after the renovation. If you have a planned renovation, either wait for the renovation before upgrading the HVAC system or simultaneously handle both things (HVAC upgrade and home renovation).
Consult an HVAC technician to review the existing system, advise you, and help you with the upgrades. A professional's involvement is your best bet to get your money's worth as far as the upgrades are concerned.
Contact an HVAC service provider to learn more.