Should I Replace My AC and Furnace at the Same Time?

Making the decision to replace your air conditioner and furnace can be challenging, and often comes with one of the units underperforming or altogether failing.

When you’re faced with the need to replace your AC or furnace, we wanted to review some of the benefits of replacing both units at the same time. If your year-round comfort matters in both your home and wallet, then replacing your entire HVAC system might be a good idea and this may be the guide for you to explore.

Replace your furnace and air conditioner at the same time if it is over a certain age

Remember, the average lifespan of your air conditioner, if properly maintained, is 10-15 years. For your furnace, it could be longer (According to the National Association of Home Builders – “Life Expectancy of Home Components”).

So, if you do the math, it makes sense to consider replacing your furnace and your air conditioner at the same time only if your furnace is over 15 years old. When you replace your furnace, you need to detach it from the evaporator coil and other internal components. The thing is, these components will already be detached if you are replacing your air conditioner, so it actually makes more financial sense, in this situation, to replace the furnace at the same time as the air conditioner. This is because you will be paying a lower amount in labor work completed.

Replace your air conditioner and furnace at the same time if your job is difficult to access

Is your furnace buried in the corner of a storage room in your basement? If so, then you might want to consider replacing your furnace and air conditioner at the same time.

One of the biggest factors that affect the price of your new furnace or air conditioner installation, is the difficulty. Difficulty truly is a huge job factor for us to consider when writing a contract, so if you there are access challenges for your project, maybe you should have them replace the furnace and air conditioner at the same time.

Consider replacing your furnace and air conditioner at the same time if you are retiring soon

We get a lot of calls from elderly people who are retiring, or have already retired, and want to get their houses in tip-top shape before living on a fixed income. In these circumstances, it is also worth considering replacing your furnace and air conditioner at the same time. That way, you have hit the reset button, and can live comfortably in your house without worrying about it for a while.

If you are thinking about replacing your AC and Furnace in Madison, WI or Dane or Jefferson County, contact us today!

Why a Daikin Fit Air Conditioner Might Be Right For Your Home

The Daikin Fit is a side discharge variable speed air conditioning system.

All residential A/C systems can be broken into three categories:

  • 1-Stage Systems (efficiency and comfort control are standard)
  • 2-Stage Systems (efficiency and comfort control are better than standard, but not perfect)
  • Variable Speed Systems (you have great control of your comfort while maintaining excellent efficiency)

We wanted to compare a 1-Stage AC system and a Daikin Fit system to show just how different a Daikin can be for your home.

There are a lot of benefits when a consumer chooses to install a Daikin Fit system compared to a standard AC system:

  1. Longer run times means the AC system will adjust its cooling or heating output capacity to what the home requires at any given time. For example, in the middle of the night your home may only require 40% of the AC system’s “effort” because the sun is not out and the outside temperature has dropped. As the sun rises and outside temperature increases, the Fit system will automatically increase its cooling “effort” to meet your desired temperature. A standard 1-stage system, on the other hand, has only one stage: On.
  2. Greater comfort means the Daikin Fit will produce a more even temperature in the home and remove more humidity than a standard A/C system. Since the Fit is a fully communicating system, the thermostat can make changes not only on temperature, but also on the humidity in the home. The Daikin One thermostat will automatically adjust itself for max humidity removal when needed. If you are hosting guests, it will also automatically increase the cooling to compensate for the extra heat load. In any case, an A/C system that will adjust to your lifestyle and needs is, simply put, smart.
  3. Higher efficiency means less of your money is spent on your electric bill each month. The inverter compressor is the heart of the Daikin Fit system. Since it varies its capacity depending what your home requires, there is typically a 30% or more energy reduction compared to standard 1-stage systems.
  4. Design benefits means the compact size and footprint of the Daikin Fit is considerably smaller than traditional AC systems. The depth of the Fit ranges from 12.6” to 13.8” with clearance space as little as 4” from a wall.
  5. Low sound levels means the Fit not only works with limited space, but is very quiet with the ability to reach sound level as low as 56db(A). A traditional AC system usually operates in the range of 69 to 79 db.
  6. Blue Fin Corrosion Coating means longer condenser coil life and reliability.
  7. 12-Year Warranty mean peace of mind. The Fit is backed by a 12-year parts warranty and 12-year unit replacement warranty compared to the 10 year parts only warranty offered on standard A/C systems.

As you can see, there are many benefits when you choose to install a Daikin Fit system as opposed to a traditional air conditioning and heating system. If you would like more information or to receive a free estimate from our team, please contact us today!