heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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May 5, 2016

Selecting a new HVAC system


Aside from changing the filter with the changing seasons, you might not think about the HVAC systems in your home until something needs repaired or replaced. In turn, you may want to take the time to consider upgrading to a newer, energy-efficient HVAC system. The age of your current unit, as well as desired updates or repairs, may cost more than the system is worth. Additionally, a new HVAC system can also help avoid high maintenance energy costs.

Selecting a new HVAC system

When upgrading from an older, standard system that has both central air conditioning and a furnace, it’s important to pay attention to the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy it takes to keep the home cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. If your home has humidity issues in the summer, consider investing in an HVAC system with a variable-speed blower that enables adjustment of the humidity level at the thermostat. Keeping humidity levels low is especially useful to avoid issues such as mold.

Balancing initial investment with long-term goals

Upgrading to more energy-efficient HVAC systems usually involves a higher initial investment, but it can be worth it in the end, as you lower your heating and cooling expenses for the lifetime of the system. Choosing higher-end units with an HVAC system, sized perfectly for the size of your home, helps eliminate energy waste, especially when your home has proper insulation. With the right system, your energy bills have the potential to be considerably lower. However, it&’s important to discuss these possible savings with a qualified HVAC expert.

HVAC systems update considerations

Updating your HVAC system is a long-term decision and requires more research and consideration than updating standard household appliances. Energy prices fluctuate but tend to go more up than down, so investing in a system with the highest efficiency rating can help offset high-energy prices in the future.

Sizing the system for your home lowers the chances of wearing out a unit that’s too large for your square footage. Compare prices and benefits of various HVAC systems before making a final decision and purchase.

With our years of experience serving customers in Northwest Arkansas, the River Valley and adjacent regions, Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal can help you upgrade to an energy-efficient HVAC system. Request an estimate today and start on the path to increased energy savings.