The Cost to Keep It

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The Cost to Keep It

Over the years many of us have had a favorite car. Maybe it was the first car you got in high school? Maybe it was that sporty car you bought when you were single? Maybe it was the minivan that faithfully transported your growing family during numerous memorable vacations? But eventually they all had to be replaced because at some point, despite the emotional attachment, it didn’t make sense to spend more money on repairs.

Repair or replace?

The same is true of the HVAC system(s) in your Illinois or Northwest Indiana home. At some point you have to make the R&R choice, repair or replace. It’s never an easy choice because a new A/C or furnace is a major investment. But without fail the day will arrive when it makes more sense to buy a new one rather than throw good money after bad to repair the old one. 

Questions to ask yourself

Merts Heating & Air Conditioning wants to help you determine what’s best for you and possibly help save money in the long run. Here’s a little quiz to help you make a more informed decision with Merts:

  • Have you repaired your AC or heating system this year already?  Yes or No
  • Have you seen an increase in your utility costs?  Yes or No
  • Do you anticipate future repairs to your AC or heating system? Yes or No
  • Is your system older than 10 years and using recently banned R-22 refrigerant?  Yes or No
  • Are you a proactive or reactive decision maker? Yes or No  

If you answered Yes to #1 or ANY of the following questions, please call Merts to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

Age & efficiency

These are two key factors when it comes to HVAC equipment. Air conditioners & heat pumps last about 15 years on average. Furnaces have an average lifespan of about 20 years. If your current equipment is close to those numbers, then you need to think very carefully before sinking any more money into them if there’s a problem. Efficiency goes hand-in-hand with age. The older the HVAC equipment is the less efficient it is. Depending on age and condition, upgrading to the high-efficiency models now available can save money by cutting your monthly utility costs by 30% or more.

Choose carefully

When you make the decision to replace, it’s critical to choose a reputable HVAC contractor to do the work. A poorly done installation can negate many of the advantages we just talked about and will shorten the life of your new equipment. Merts Heating & Air Conditioning offers year-round satisfaction by guaranteeing your new HVAC system will not let you down. If you need some help making the repair or replace decision for your Illinois or Northwest Indiana home call us now to schedule your estimate. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information.