Did you know that the air you breathe inside your home may be dirtier and more polluted than the air you breathe outside? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that, on average, indoor air can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air! In the United States alone, more than 25 million people have asthma and more than 50 million experience significant allergies related to air quality.
The quality of the air inside your home may be polluted with common dust, pet dander, plant pollen, tobacco smoke and possibly mold. While those are all fairly typical polluters, there are more that you may not be thinking of that can have a major impact on the quality of your indoor air. Things like cleaning products, airborne particles from cooking, and fumes given off by building materials, paints and even chemical fumes from your furniture may have just as much impact on your indoor air quality as the more common air irritants in our list. There are a couple of indoor air pollutants that can even be deadly, such as carbon monoxide or radon gas.
Because there are several factors that can decrease the quality of the air in your home, Bryant offers several products to help clear the air and help you breathe easier! Your friendly Bryant experts at Carolina Comfort Systems can review your indoor air quality issues with you and help you select the Bryant components that are the best fit for your home and needs.
To repair or replace your HVAC system... that is the question.
When your heating and cooling system has a major breakdown, you may find yourself facing a very important decision - whether to repair the problem or replace your system. Use this handy set of criteria to help you decide if you should choose the option to repair your system or if it is better to just replace it.
Age of System
The first consideration is the age of your heating and cooling system. Like any mechanical system in your home, your heating and cooling system does have a lifespan.
REPAIR: Your system is less than 10 years old.
REPLACE: Your system is more than 10 years old.
Cost of Repairs Versus Cost of New System
The next consideration is the cost of the repairs compared to what a brand new Bryant system would cost.
REPAIR: The cost of the repairs is less than 1/3 the cost of a brand new system. Keep in mind though that as your system ages, more and more repairs will be needed and these expenses add up over time. So if you've already had expensive repairs, you should weigh that into your decision here.
REPLACE: If the cost of the repairs are more than 1/3 the cost of a new Bryant heating and cooling system, you may want to strongly consider replacing it. If the cost of the repairs is more than half the cost of a brand new system, it is highly recommended to replace it.
Energy-Efficiency of Current System
Another criteria to evaluate in the repair versus replace decision is the energy-efficiency of your existing system compared to current standards and energy-efficiency of a new Bryant system.
REPAIR: Your existing system's energy-efficiency is still reaching close to or above current standards.
REPLACE: Your existing system has poor energy-efficiency (high utility bills are a tell-tale symptom). Newer energy-efficiency standards are designed to use less power and cost less money on your average monthly utility bill. Even better, most new Bryant heating and cooling systems don't just meet the energy-efficiency standards - they beat them. Choosing to replace an inefficient system helps pay for itself in the savings you'll find on your monthly utility bill.
One more reason to replace instead of repair is that you may qualify for federal tax credits and you may also qualify for special rebates or extra savings from your local utility company for replacing your system with a new and more energy-efficient Bryant heating and cooling system.
If you decide to repair, make sure any repairs are done with factory authorized parts approved by the manufacturer of your system - whether it's a Bryant system or something else.
If after going through this list of tips, you're still uncertain whether your best option is to repair or replace, the professionals at Carolina Comfort Systems can help! Our experts can review the outlook for current and future repairs on the system you have to give you a better idea of additional maintenance or repair expenses you may face later on so you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your home.