When substituting the outdoor system, should the indoor unit also be replaced?

Our answer is, it’s a great method. Here's why.

Paired design—Your furnace is made to work with a paired air conditioner. This might help improve energy efficiency and performance.

Technology upgrades—There have been a lot of recent advances in HVAC technology, especially in energy efficiency, air filtration and quiet operation. You’ll have these advantages year-round when you update both units.

Higher heating and cooling efficiency—Efficiency rankings are based on corresponding unit performance. While putting in a single new unit will enhance performance, efficiency will be lacking from what it was envisioned to be. And your savings will not be as large as they’d be with matching units.

Equipment age—If your air conditioner is 10 years old (or older), your furnace is likely just as old. Changing both means you’ll enjoy many years of efficient comfort, regardless of the weather.

Updated warranty—A new set of units also means you’ll get new system warranties. You’ll have peace of mind when you know the warranty protects your entire system for the same amount of time.

At first glance, installing just a new air conditioner or heating system could appear to be a smart decision. But it’s not a great decision when you consider lower efficiency.

Getting an entirely new system may be more expensive, but you get much better efficiency, reliability and comfort for long into the future in Albany.