It's not unheard of for homeowners to replace their furnace and air conditioning system at the same time. While tackling both systems at the same time comes with a steep price tag, there are plenty of reasons why you'd want to kill two birds with one stone.
1. Your Furnace and A/C are at the End of Their Lives
Most air conditioning systems have a functional lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Meanwhile, you can get up to 20 years of reliable service from your furnace before a replacement is recommended. In most cases, you can expect the former to succumb to old age well before the latter. If the stars align and your furnace reaches the end of its life at the same time as your A/C system, however, then it makes sense to replace both at the same time.
Keep in mind that some furnaces and A/C systems can have surprisingly robust lives. It's not uncommon for a furnace to last for 30 or even 40 years with only regularly scheduled maintenance. However, these extraordinary lifespans are rare outliers.
2. Your Furnace and A/C Share the Same Blower Motor
To save space on packaging, most split HVAC systems house their heating and cooling equipment within the same indoor air handler. The furnace portion of the HVAC unit sits in its own separate housing below the A/C evaporator coil. Both major components share the same blower fan, allowing for a seamless and efficient transition from heating to cooling without the need to maintain separate blowers.
The decision to replace both your furnace and A/C system is made easier when both systems are joined at the hip. Replacing both components at the same time also benefits your home's energy efficiency. Committing to only half an upgrade could rob your overall HVAC system of its efficiency.
3. You Got a Great Discount on a Package Deal
An HVAC replacement is a pretty big investment for many people, especially for homeowners who are on a tight budget or a fixed income. There are plenty of discounts to be had on the latest HVAC equipment, especially during the transition between summer and winter weather. If you manage to snag a great deal on a furnace and A/C system, don't hesitate to install both in your home this season.
Replacing your furnace and A/C together also gives you peace of mind when it comes to future budgeting. If you're not sure that you can afford a furnace or A/C installation within the next five years, then you're better off replacing your entire HVAC system now while you still have the budget to do so.
For more information, contact a company like Nova Air Conditioning & Heating.