Does Your HVAC System Need An Upgrade?

by Niz Brown 09/08/2019

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (or HVAC) is a technology used by homeowners to provide heating and cooling. A good HVAC system will ensure that your home is comfortable, especially in extreme weather conditions. HVAC systems are known to last for more than a decade, but you shouldn't rely entirely on 'vintage' heating/cooling units, so you don't get disappointed later on.

Replacing your HVAC system can be expensive. Here are some factors that will let you know that your HVAC system needs an upgrade.

Aging HVAC system

Ventilation and air-conditioning units last well over a decade, but as they add years of usage, their efficiency also drops. If you have been using the same system for more than 15 years, it's advisable to upgrade to a modern one. Innovations have been made to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, and enhance your comfort also. With an upgrade, you enjoy the benefits of smart initiatives out there. An intelligent thermostat, for example, will help you keep your home in the right temperature without you having to do much about manual functions.

Increasing energy bills

40% of your home's energy is used up by HVAC systems. You'll agree this is a considerable figure, and it tells a lot on your bills. Inefficient ventilation and cooling systems increase your home's utility bills. Over time, deterioration sets in, and with it comes electrical faults which in turn lead to large siphoning of energy. You can lose energy through leaks and cracks, in the form of escaping heat. A regular inspection, anyway, will help to check for leaks and crevices around your home. Upgrading your HVAC system, and opting for smarter options, will ensure you spend less on energy.

Disturbing noises

Do you hear weird noises when you run your air conditioners/heaters? If you have, this is another sign that your HVAC system needs an upgrade. The sound could be as a result of some fault that you should fix. It could also come from repair work it has endured before.

Longer running periods

If it takes longer than usual for cold air or heat (depending on your choice at the moment) to fill the room, you should consider upgrading your HVAC system. A unit that takes longer to run will not only cost you more money by increasing energy consumption, but it also decreases your comfort.

Call an HVAC technician to help you inspect your unit today to recommend the most effective course of action for you.

About the Author
Author

Niz Brown

Born in San Pedro, California, as a first generation Croatian, I graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in Mathematics and Chemistry and then earned a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. In 1960 I married native San Franciscan Jim Brown. Jim, was a high school teacher before becoming the owner/chef of La Lanterna Restaurant in Kentfield from 1985-1992. He is now retired. I combined substitute teaching in Marin County with the rearing of our four children, all of whom are grown and have settled in Marin. I became intrigued with the world of homes when we acted as the general contractors in building our own home in Woodacre and another home in the San Geronimo Valley. I began to work the carpet business, and became licensed to sell real estate in 1976. I was an associate realtor with other companies before becoming an independent broker and opening my own office in downtown Larkspur in 1991.

Decades of experience in real estate, plus a passion for details, executed in a creative manner allows me to serve in an exceptional manner. I advise my clients on the preparation of a property for sale and use my skills to assist sellers in arranging for staging, clean up, etc. Then I begin the marketing by having the home professionally photographed I create a property website and create fliers and print advertising. The MLS places the listing on all media site. Then when a offer comes in, the negotiation skills and attention to the details of the transaction take over. Other agents often say "you have the nicest listings". I care deeply about the quality of service I provide. When it comes to representing buyers I am patient and tenacious. I am just as excited as the buyer when we find the right home. I love my job!

I network with agents from diverse brokerages. I operate a "bus tour" with 25 professionals from 15 different brokerages. Operating my bus tour is my way of establishing close relationships with colleagues and gives me the opportunity to serve more effectively. Real estate is a unique community of competitors who work together with love and respect and cooperate to serve our clients.

I have developed a passion for photography and painting larger-than-life images of flowers. I am a signature member of the National Watercolor Association. At close of escrow each of my clients is given a choice of one of my prints for their home.