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6 Great Reasons to Replace Your Old & Failing HVAC Equipment

Every day, our customers are faced with numerous challenges related to the operations of their buildings. They need to keep employees and tenants happy, while at the same time trying to deal with reduced capital and/or maintenance budgets. Often, reduced budgets result in older HVAC equipment not being replaced and once vigorous maintenance programs being scaled back. Not only is this harmful to the long-term condition of the mechanical equipment in a building, it has a tremendous negative impact to the energy consumption of the equipment. This results in higher utility bills and wasted energy.

Building owners, property managers, and facilities staff need to understand the correlation between old, inefficient equipment and wasted energy (money).

One way for them to save money and energy is to consider upgrading their old, inefficient HVAC equipment with new, energy efficient versions.

The following are six important reasons upgrading to newer, energy efficient HVAC equipment makes sense:

  1. Costs less to operate, making it a great investment.
  2. Requires less maintenance, which means less money spent on repair and a consistent and comfortable temperature in your building.
  3. Rebates and incentives are available to reduce costs.
    *AAA Heating and Cooling handles all of the paperwork for a hassle free process
  4. Does not produce Freon and other CFC refrigerants. This reduces the cost of repairing leaks.
    *For older units, the standard refrigerant R22 was $10/lb. two years ago and is now $25/lb. and rising.
  5. Reduces energy consumption. Reducing energy use during peak summer periods in Portland can significantly reduce utility costs by at least 15%.
  6. Reduces energy waste. Portland has mandated that energy use in buildings be reduced. Energy efficient equipment helps meet the goals outlined in ETO’s Buildings Plan.

Always be sure to view these upgrades as investments. You can do this by looking at the life cycle cost benefits of installing the most efficient unit possible. These include factoring in rebates, tax incentives, and annual operating costs from the “base” unit to the most efficient. If this is done properly, you will find the lowest first-cost unit is almost always the most expensive unit to own.

To sum it up, replacing old, inefficient HVAC equipment is environmentally responsible, resulting in lower utility costs, a reduced carbon footprint, improved air quality, and a greener work environment.