People who have struggled through long, hot summers often feel immense relief when fall arrives. Their HVAC systems get some relief as well since the air conditioner will no longer be working overtime. The furnace, however, will soon find itself called back to duty when fall ends. And fall only lasts for three months. Once December comes, so does the winter weather. We all get a temperate breather in the autumn, and so does the HVAC system. That’s why this is a good opportunity to consider replacing it.
Some homeowners might feel they have plenty of time to install a new furnace once winter arrives. After all, if it breaks down later, they can always replace it then. This isn’t the wisest course, however. Do you really want to be sitting in a freezing room trying to make an emergency appointment? What then? HVAC equipment is a major investment. It’s not the sort of decision you’ll want to make on the spur of the moment just to get the heat back on.
Less Worry About the Temperature
Installing a new HVAC system involves removing the old unit and performing several steps to get the replacement working. The process may require a day or two without functional equipment. In the fall, there might not be any problem going without an AC or heater for a few days. During mild weather, homeowners tend to shut their systems off anyway.
When the temperature is going through extreme hot or cold swings, a disabled HVAC system could drive you from the house. In the depths of the winter, there’s an additional concern about freezing pipes. Getting an HVAC project done in the fall mitigates those concerns. If you make plans to upgrade your HVAC at this time of year, you won’t be inconvenienced while the work is performed.
HVAC Companies Aren’t So Busy
In the middle of a dire winter or scorching summer, HVAC companies usually have their hands full. These extreme conditions make it much harder for home comfort equipment to cope. Consequently, breakdowns increase exponentially. Service call flood in, and they all need to be dealt with more or less urgently because people are suffering. If you want your technicians to be able to concentrate completely on your installation, why not schedule it for a time when they’re less harried? Booking a convenient appointment becomes tougher once winter arrives. Fall is the ideal time, and it’s easier for everyone.
In the Chesapeake, VA, region, homeowners can rely on Simmons Heating & Cooling for conscientious and expert HVAC installation as well as other related heating and cooling services. We’ve been doing this for more than half a century.
More Time to Shop
Fall weather means there’s no expedited requirement to get a new furnace installed. If you start early enough, you can spend weeks shopping around for the best choice. Finding a quality model from a top manufacturer may involve ordering one. If it takes two weeks for an out-of-stock unit to arrive, so what? Winter is still months away. Buying the best equipment for your unique needs may some take time. Give yourself that time by shopping early.
When fall leads to a slowdown in the HVAC industry, manufacturers sometimes put forth deals and discounts to move HVAC systems. Everyone likes to save money, and getting a lower price on a name-brand heating and cooling system helps out the budget. With fall providing more time to shop around, a homeowner can find a quality product at a reasonable price.
What’s more, newer systems have much greater energy efficiency. Expect lower utility bills in both winter and summer. Reduced energy consumption also means a smaller carbon footprint.
Factor in Your HVAC System’s Lifespan
No heating and cooling equipment lasts forever. For a furnace, in particular, the expected usefulness seems to be 15 to 20 years on average. Even if it lasts longer, the operational efficiency is usually diminished. This means uneven heating and higher utility bills. Of course, routine maintenance will prolong its lifespan, but it won’t stop the clock. If you know your equipment is past its prime or suspect it may need major repairs soon, why not replace it now? Emergency repairs will be money wasted if you have to purchase a new system anyway this year or the next.
Simmons Heating & Cooling has served thousands of customers in the Chesapeake area over the decades. Our team awaits your call. Besides heating and cooling installation, repair and maintenance, we also handle generators and geothermal systems. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.