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Retrofitting

There are a lot of situations where you can benefit from retrofitting an HVAC system. Maybe you are tired of repairs. Or perhaps you are moving and don’t want to buy a new unit. Even then, if you are considering buying a new unit down the road but saving up money to do so, retrofitting can be a good option. Most commonly, is to improve the quality of comfort and improve the unit’s energy efficiency to save money.

So what kind of systems can you retrofit?

Both heating and air conditioning equipment can be retro fitted. Even some more advanced or less common systems beyond the standard air conditioner and forced air furnace can be retrofitted. Feel free to call us if you are curious about your own system and we’ll let you know what options are available to you.

Saving Money with Retrofitting

Retrofitting is an especially nice option for large, expensive systems that are used heavily. The larger your home or business is the more money you may be losing on an inefficient system.

Energy saving rebates

Sometimes a retrofit can qualify you to receive a rebate. Depending on the programs available this could be from the city, state or local utility company.

What exactly is involved in retrofitting?

It depends on the situation, for example adding a central air unit where no previous central air system existed would require new ductwork. Or if it’s an existing unit that is out dated and needs fixing up; it might just need new parts and repair which may vary based on the type of unit, the brand, and model such as:

  • Condenser fan control
  • Air side economizer
  • Compressor replacement
  • Demand controlled ventilation
  • Fan replacement

What can retro fitting an old furnace or AC achieve?

Along with the energy savings there are some other ways updating an old system can help. Temperatures may be more consistent. The unit may run more quietly. Then again, it may not run more quietly depending on the unit and it’s issue, of course. In some cases, humidity levels are more controlled as well.

Is it worth the cost?

That can depend on the extent of work needed and the cost of a new unit vs fixing up an old one. If it’s bringing a central air unit into a home that doesn’t have ductwork (or needs ductwork replaced) cost can vary based things like how many rooms are in the home and square footage. In many, if not most cases, retro fitting can be beneficial as far as the initial cost savings. And usually can help save money in monthly energy bills compared to running an old, outdated system.