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Hello, and welcome back to the Legacy Heating And Air Conditioning Services blog. If you’re new, this is where we post articles, tips and tricks, and more surrounding the expert HVAC services we provide to New Braunfels. In the past we’ve talked about everything from optimizing your window AC function to prepare your home for Fall and Winter in Texas.

Today, we’ll be talking about HVAC installation, and more specifically five reasons why you should upgrade from a window air conditioner to a permanent HVAC unit. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us today if you’re in need of expert HVAC services in the New Braunfels area!

Convenient Heating And Cooling

Think about it, how frustrating is it when your home gets too hot and you need to lug your window AC unit out from storage and to the window. Then, you have to hoist it up, fit it into the window frame, and do your best not to drop the unit on the ground or out of the window. They’re heavy, inconvenient to handle, and you very well may install multiple units in various rooms to ensure that your home stays cool. 

What’s more, many homes have older window AC units that are simply inefficient — both at cooling and in terms of operating costs. Plus, it’s insanely difficult to regulate your home’s temperature when you have to balance the settings between five different window units. 

And then, when winter rolls around you have to decide whether you’re going to remove all of the window units in the hope of making heating your home more efficient, or if you’re going to leave the units in, spending more energy to heat your home on cold days in order to have access to air conditioning when a warm winter day comes to Texas. 

Now, by upgrading your HVAC system by having a central unit involved you literally (and we’re not exaggerating here) will not have to deal with any of these issues any more. No more lugging window units out of storage, no more playing the guessing game as to when you should put them back into storage. Plus, with a central HVAC system you’ll have both better control over your home’s climate, and cooling and heating your home will be more efficient.

More Cost-Effective

While the initial costs of installing a central HVAC unit may be overwhelming, it’s important to consider the whole picture. It’s true that window units and central HVAC units draw similar amounts of energy, but what we must remember is that window units are not as effective or efficient at cooling a building as a central unit is. This, as we mentioned above, is because window units might not have a perfect, air-tight fit. Additionally, you very likely will need multiple window units if you’re looking to cool your entire home. 

By being intentional about cooling your home with a central HVAC unit, you’ll quickly begin noticing how it affects your cooling costs, which is important when you live in Texas. After all, it gets hot here, and when it’s hot, most of us like keeping the AC blasting almost constantly. So anything you can do to lower cooling costs will be appreciated! Here are a couple of general things you can do to use your HVAC unit most effectively. 

  • Ensure Your Filters Are Clean
  • Don’t Block Air Vents
  • Try To Position Your AC Unit In The Shade
  • Keep The Blinds Closed
  • Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance 

Increased Home Value

Having a central HVAC unit to heat and cool your home will benefit the overall value of your home. Especially if you’re upgrading your HVAC system and having a new unit installed, your home will increase in value. Reports have shown that by simply having a central HVAC system, your home’s value will be worth about 10% more than homes without it.

This can be monumental when you’re looking to sell, refinance, or even rent out your home. Accessible, efficient, and effective cooling and heating can be enough to make your property that much more appealing! 

Smooth Operation

This section goes hand-in-hand with convenience, but we think it’s such a benefit that it deserves its own section. When you upgrade from a window AC unit by having a central HVAC unit installed, you’ll be able to say goodbye to the constant, intrusive humming and churning that we all associate with window air conditioning units. This is because with central air conditioning, the work is being done outside your home and at your furnace.

While this may not be the reason to install a new HVAC system, it’s most definitely a benefit you will notice once you make the switch. With central air conditioning, you can relax in your home, comfortable and undisturbed by the annoying white noise a window unit provides. 

Better Air Quality

This is especially beneficial for people who are constantly dealing with allergies! With a central HVAC system, you will be able to perfectly maintain the perfect temperature in your home while also filtering all of the air that circulates within your home. Again, not only are you expertly cooling your home, but you’re ensuring that the air is clean, making your home more comfortable for those who have allergy sensitivities. 

In direct comparison to window units, you also don’t have to worry about allergens or outside air sneaking into your home. When you have window units cooling your home, there is not an airtight seal, meaning that all sorts of irritants can sneak into your home. Going further, window air conditioning units do not filter the air, and can even circulate warm outside air into your home. 

Legacy Heating And Air Conditioning Services

Thank you for tuning in to learn about five reasons you should upgrade to a centralized HVAC unit. Hopefully this has helped provide some insight into the tangible benefits of investing in an HVAC unit. 

The idea of upgrading your HVAC system can seem daunting, but there are plenty of options that we provide at Legacy Heating And Air Conditioning Services to ensure that you can obtain a superior HVAC system that accommodates your home and needs. We are experts at installing new HVAC systems in New Braunfels — no matter if there is an existing duct system, or if we’d need to install a system in its entirety, we’re happy to work with you to make it happen.

If you’re interested in learning more about our new HVAC installation services, are in need of a repair, or would even like to replace your current system, contact us today for a free estimate. Additionally, feel free to contact us with any questions about the benefits we’ve discussed in this article of HVAC systems in general. 

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