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Is it Time for a New HVAC?

We know that buying a new HVAC system is an expensive investment for our Riverside, CA neighbors. You probably are wanting to put off this replacement for as long as possible. We get that!

On the other hand, installing a new A/C can result in big savings on your energy bills. Spring is a good time to invest in a new air conditioner – before the hot, Southern California weather hits and your AC will be on all the time! So- how do you know it’s really time to replace your HVAC? Read on for answers…

1. Your HVAC is a Teenager

In Southern California, air conditioners can last as long as 20 years with proper maintenance. But if you haven’t been diligent with twice-a-year tune-ups, the life of your system could be cut in half or more. If your system is old, you are just waiting for it to break down for good.

Consider that when it does fail, you’ll likely want to replace your air conditioner as soon as possible – and when you’re in a time crunch, you may not have time to research system types, contractors, or pricing. By replacing your system before it breaks down from old age, you can purchase a new air conditioner that meets your needs. Our recommendation? Once your heating and cooling system turns 8 years old, start keeping an eye on HVAC promotions for replacements.

2. Sky-High Energy Bills

If your utility bills are unreasonably high – or if you’ve noticed the summer bills keep getting more expensive- consider replacing your air conditioner. Every year there are new systems available with higher efficiency. Consider that your aging systems will continuously lose efficiency as internal parts wear down. A new energy-efficient HVAC system will immediately lower utility bills. Your savings on your utility bills over time will payback on your investment.

3. Your Air Conditioner Requires Regular Repairs

If your HVAC contractor is making regular visits to your Riverside home for HVAC repair – more than once or twice a year – you need to get a new HVAC. At that regularity, the repair is only delaying the inevitable. Instead of spending money on repairs, and dealing with inconvenience of a broken AC, you could invest that money into a new system. Not only will your new system be much more reliable, you’ll also benefit from lower energy bills.

4. It’s Not Comfortable

A number of common heating or air conditioning problems can mean that it’s time to install a new HVAC. If your system is not cooling or heating fast enough -or not ever reaching your desired temperature – it’s probably time to replace. Other common issues that may indicate a replacement is in your future include hot and cold spots, noisiness, or humidity problems. Modern HVAC products have evolved to address all of these common comfort problems.

If you think it may be time for a replacement, call Sheldon’s Service today!

Is a Ductless HVAC System Right for Me?

One question that we often get from curious customers is whether or not a ductless HVAC system is right for their home. The answer really depends on your living space and home comfort needs. That being said, there are many benefits to using a ductless system to keep your home comfortable. To help you better understand the benefits of ductless HVAC systems and what type of home these are best for, we put together a guide to help you determine if a ductless HVAC system is right for you.

Is a Ductless HVAC system right for me? 

Ductless HVAC systems work well for a variety of different home environments. Though ultimately, it will depend on your space and your specific home comfort needs, most homeowners are able to use ductless HVAC for whole-house heating and cooling. These systems allow for more efficient heating and cooling, which results in lower energy costs over time.

To help you better understand if this type of HVAC system is right for you, here are just a few situations where ductless HVAC offers a particular advantage to homeowners:

1. Creating zoning for different areas of your home.

Do you and your family members often fight over the thermostat? When your family needs different temperatures to stay comfortable, it can be difficult to decide on what temperature to set your thermostat at year round. With ductless HVAC, you can create zones that are independently controlled to create different temperatures in different areas of your home.

It’s important to note that you can install zoning with a traditional ducted HVAC system. However, this just won’t be as efficient as a ductless system. So if you find yourself wanting to create different temperature zones in your home, then a ductless mini split system might be the best HVAC option for you.

2. Heating and cooling main rooms in larger houses.

Many homeowners with larger homes, only find themselves using a few main rooms on a regular basis. These homeowners may be tempted to close the HVAC vents in the rooms they aren’t using in an effort to be more efficient. But the truth is that this can actually create pressure imbalances in your home, which can lead to mold problems. Not to mention, you may actually be making your HVAC system work harder, which leads to energy waste.

Instead of doing this, we recommend installing a ductless HVAC system to help heat and cool the rooms that you are using. This will be far more efficient and effective than trying to use a traditional ducted system. You can then adjust the temperature in the rooms that you use often and set the home’s main thermostat minimally to reduce energy waste.

3. Heating and cooling new additions.

Ductless HVAC is also a great solution for heating or cooling new room additions. Whether it’s a garage space you’ve converted into an office or apartment or a sunroom/porch that you’ve just added on to your home, ductless is a great way to keep these spaces comfortable more efficiently and effectively.

The main benefit of ductless for these extra spaces is that they are properly sized for the new space and don’t take air from other rooms, which can overload your HVAC system. Another benefit is that you won’t be sharing ductwork with the rest of the space so if you plan on using the space as a workshop or smoking in the area, any dust, dirt, and contaminants won’t be filtered through your home.

4. Adding air conditioning to a home without ductwork.

Are you moving into a home without existing ductwork? Does your ductwork need updating but you don’t want to cover the expense? Though ductless HVAC systems are by no means inexpensive, they are far less expensive than adding ductwork to a house. That means, those who are thinking about replacing their ductwork or installing new ductwork may also want to consider whether a ductless HVAC system could meet their needs instead.

Not sure which option is the right one for you? Work with one of our home comfort specialists to determine the cost differences of either option and explore how each will impact your home comfort. Then, you and your family will be able to make a more informed decision about whether to install new or replacement ductwork or to opt for a ductless mini split system instead.

5. Supporting rooms that are difficult to keep comfortable.

Do you have any rooms in your house that are difficult to keep comfortable? Whether it’s a small kitchen that holds on to heat or a large master bedroom that doesn’t seem to every get to the right temperature, a ductless HVAC system can help support the rooms in your home that have specific heating or cooling problems.

Rather than installing new ductwork to route more air to the rooms that have problems getting and staying at a comfortable temperature, you can use a ductless HVAC system to heat and cool these spaces. This is not only more affordable than having new ductwork installed, but I can also be more efficient. The more efficiently you heat and cool your home spaces, the less energy you will waste and less you will pay in energy fees over time.

Get Ductless HVAC in Riverside, CA

Are you curious about whether a ductless mini split HVAC system is right for your Riverside home? The HVAC experts at Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning can help. After assessing your home HVAC system and getting a better idea about your home comfort needs, we can then recommend and install the right type of HVAC system for your home.

If ductless HVAC is right for your Riverside CA home, we will speak with you more about your options for systems. Our team is experienced at installing, repairing, and maintaining ductless mini split systems. Not only will we provide expert installation of your new ductless HVAC system, but we will also be able to provide quality repair and maintenance services for the life of the unit.

Call us today to learn more about ductless and find out if it’s right for your home: (877) 411-9888.

Choosing an HVAC System for Your Multifamily Housing Complex: A Guide

Managing a multifamily housing complex can be a challenging balance of constantly justifying your qualitative and quantitative initiatives. From ensuring the financial security that keeps your building running to maintaining your tenants comfort, it can be a constant back and forth.

Perhaps the most evident example of this is in the building’s HVAC system. Your tenants will want as much control of their individual comfort as possible. However, achieving the heating and cooling needs of dozens of families can be expensive and energy inefficient. In order to achieve the right balance of fiscal responsibility and comfort, you’ll want to pay close attention to the details within this guide and work closely with your dedicated HVAC services provider.

Peak load flexibility

Choosing a system that is rigid in its capacity is a major risk for multi-family property owners. Estimating how much energy will be required for the system to function throughout the year is extremely challenging. Owning a system that can withstand a variety of peak energy loads will ensure that no matter what the weather brings or your tenants do, your system can handle it.

Individual comfort controls

This is the key differentiator between centralized and decentralized HVAC systems for apartment complexes. A centralized system, while being more efficient, will not provide temperature controls in each housing unit. This can be a major negative towards tenant retention.

Decentralized HVAC systems offer each family or individual their own unit for heating and/or cooling. While this may lead to certain tenants choosing less efficient comfort settings, it can go a long ways towards accomodating a variety of occupants long-term. Consider the long-term benefits of your building’s reputation for treating tenants vs. the long-term costs of a more expensive HVAC system. We recommend securing tenants to sustain your building and saving on HVAC expenses through other means.

Ease of maintenance

On larger systems, routine maintenance is an absolute necessity and even still, repairs will be needed. Choosing a system that is relatively easy to maintain, will ensure that HVAC contractors don’t have to charge double the time to perform their work. You will also save money over the span of your system’s life if parts are cheaper and easier to obtain for your contractor. Consider these ongoing expenses when choosing your new multifamily HVAC system.

Centralized vs. Decentralized

For a multi-family complex, owners have two options for HVAC systems – Centralized and decentralized. Centralized systems are more expensive upfront, but are much more energy efficient. Centralized systems work to heat the entire building from a centralized location (typically the basement or a penthouse). This makes it challenging to achieve comfort control for all tenants, but allows the owner to control energy costs. Centralized systems are often preferred in larger complexes due to their energy savings and upfront cost (once the complex reaches a certain number of units, it is no longer cheaper to install individual systems for each tenant).

Below are the options for centralized (left) and decentralized (right) HVAC systems for multi-family complexes. The systems are in order from cheapest to most expensive to install as well as from least to most energy efficient.

Hot water baseboard – These units work to provide tenants with hot water from a central location. The water will flow through the radiator as the radiator pulls in cool air and heats it. Electric baseboard heat – These are simple baseboard units that are only capable of providing heat.
Two pipe systems – The two pipes are for sending hot OR cold water and returning the water back to the system. Because of its design, only hot OR cold water can be sent at once, meaning all units receive either hot or cold air at a given time. Wall unit A/C – Simple units that are mounted on the wall. Typically these systems only provide cooling.
Four pipe systems – Just like the two pipe system, this system operates with a central water boiler and a central cooling plant. Unlike the two pipe system, the four pipe system has double the capacity and so can provide both hot or cold water different apartments or condos. Packaged thermal air condition – Commonly used in hospitality buildings, these are forced air systems that are mounted on the wall. They are capable of providing both heating and cooling.

*These systems are not very efficient

Geothermal – Geothermal gets its name because it utilizes a water loop in the ground to heat and cool water. These systems can utilize either a two or four pipe delivery method. Self-contained systems – These are forced air systems capable of heating/cooling that are installed in individual units (wall mounted or closets). They offer the best efficiency of individual comfort control systems.

To ensure that your building’s heating and cooling needs are being executed effectively and efficiently, work with an HVAC company with the knowledge, capacity and honesty to provide quality work. Whether you just need routine maintenance, general guidance or emergency servicing, Sheldon’s has the team you can trust to get the job done right the first time. Give us a call @ (877) 411-9888.

What Ductless Can Do For Your Energy Bill

For much of America, energy costs are rising. This is certainly the case for Riverside residents, as California has one of the highest energy rates in the nation (50% higher than the national average).

This prompted many HVAC companies in Riverside like Sheldons to carry more energy efficient solutions. While modern Carrier products are extremely energy efficient, there is a completely new category of HVAC products that are built in a way that guarantees a higher level of energy efficiency than even the most efficient centralized systems.

Ductless A/C and heating systems, also referred to as mini-split systems, multi-split systems or split-ductless systems, are complete HVAC systems that provide home comfort without the use of ductwork. These all-in-one systems are simply mounted on the wall and provide impeccable results that match that of a whole home system. The key benefit for ductless systems is its energy efficiency through the lack of duct leakage.

What is Duct Leakage?

We’re all familiar with the standard setup of a centralized heating or air conditioning system. This involves an indoor and outdoor unit. Both units are connected to the rest of the house through a network of ducts that direct the air to each room.

These ducts are prone to experience shifting and wear which creates cracks and holes. As the air that is generated from your HVAC system travels throughout the various parts of your home through this ductwork, it will LEAK through these cracks. This results in major system inefficiency.

Research has shown that ductless systems can save between 20-30% on monthly energy expenses. Over the course of a year, this can add up to hundreds of dollars in savings.

By providing a direct source of cool or warm air, ductless systems don’t have to work as hard to provide the same amount of comfort. Less strain leads to less need for repairs and longer system performance.

Take Control of Your HVAC Experience

Rather than relying on different zoning solutions to create a customized home or office comfort experience, you can utilize individual wall-mounted ductless systems to control the temperature of a given area. Each unit will function as its own system, leading to complete temperature and air quality control.

Ductless systems are perfect for homes and businesses that need to support multiple lifestyles. Why subject your home or workplace to one person’s preference? With ductless systems, each room, floor or office can set their desired temp.

Is Ductless Right for Me?

A singular ductless system can perfectly heat most single story homes, smaller homes that can’t afford the loss of square footage to bulky ductwork and HVAC units and add-ons. Ductless systems can heat or cool most spaces, however, forcing air upstairs or throughout a larger home from one unit can be challenging. Utilizing multiple units (one upstairs and downstairs) can ensure the same impact of a centralized unit, without energy inefficient ductwork.

Most home and business owners could benefit, especially long-term, for converting to a ductless system. While ductless units are more expensive than centralized units upfront, it can be more expensive to add or repair ductwork than to install a ductless system. This is due to the increased labor cost of installing complex and bulky ductwork as opposed to simple and sleek ductless systems.

If you want to invest in the future of efficient heating and cooling solutions, or would like to hear more about this new HVAC technology, give the experts at Sheldons Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (877) 411-9888.

Hot Trends in Home HVAC Systems

If you’re like many homeowners in San Diego, you understand the value of keeping up with home related trends, especially when it comes to major appliances which use a good deal of energy, such as your home’s HVAC system. So what are the latest and greatest advancements in HVAC technology right now? We’ve dug up some of the hottest trends in HVAC that are currently making the most waves and are expected only to grow in the future.

If you’re curious about the latest trends in home comfort, energy savings, and air quality, then read on.

Energy Efficiency and Going Green

Being environmentally friendly and mindful of energy usage is not just a passing trend. In the world of HVAC this means a bit more than energy efficient HVAC systems and high SEER ratings. In 2016, the EPA created the EnergyStar Verified installation program, which means that stricter guidelines regarding energy efficiency are sure to come in the next year or two.

Consumer Friendly Innovations

Think the internet connected to everything HVAC! We’ve already got smart thermostats, so what’s next? Only the future will tell… but we have an inkling it’s going to be pretty neat, and help keep your home comfortable and energy efficient, wherever you are, whenever you need to. The best part of it is, as technology expands and connects the internet to our various household devices, it will only get easier to monitor our home energy use, stay greener, and save money.

Influx in HVAC System Installs

More construction has been happening all over the USA, which means that more HVAC systems will be installed. This is partly due to cities spreading into the suburbs creating new buildings, as well as an increased demand for higher energy efficient HVAC systems during building renovations and upgrades.

Also, with the growth of certain sectors, such as industrial and healthcare, it is projected that the HVAC industry will also notice marked growth, as these industries need better humidity and air quality control.

More “Smart” Buildings

Building Automation Systems (BAS), or an “intelligent building”, “smart building“, or (if referring to a residence) a “smart home”, have microprocessors which track as well as transmit environmental and data changes to controllers, helping to adjust both indoor air quality and lighting in buildings. These advancements in building technology will not only improve employee output, but it will also save business owners money on energy costs. We expect to see these become more common as time goes on. The SmartMarket 2016 World Green Building Trends report details that smart buildings cost on average 14% less to operate than the cost of operating traditional buildings, and this demand is projected to double every 3 to 5 years.  

If you’re interested in learning more about the latest innovations in HVAC and home related technologies, then visit our products page, where we have countless energy efficient solutions for your home or business. If you have any questions, or would like more information on how we can help bring indoor comfort to your home or business, give us a call. We’re here to help! Phone: 877-411-9888

How to Get Ready for Summer in Mira Loma

Summer is quickly approaching and with that comes increasing heat outdoors, which means that you’ll be faced with battling uncomfortable temperatures indoors. Before summer’s hottest days set in, make sure that your home is well prepared to take on the heat.

In this latest post, we’ve gathered up a few essential things you’ll want to do before the temps outside begin to soar. The quicker you get started on accomplishing this summertime prep, the faster you can rest assured that your home is totally ready to embrace hot weather outdoors.

Guide to Prepare for Summer in Mira Loma

Get Ready for Summer in Mira Loma

One last excellent way to prepare your home for summer is by servicing your home’s air ducts. Since air conditioners have to put in extra work during the summertime months, it’s wise to ensure that your ductwork is also in good working condition. If your ductwork hasn’t been inspected in quite some time, it’s a good idea to have a professional assess your ducts for rips, tears, holes, excess buildup, and any other issues. These problems can negatively impact the functioning of your HVAC system as well as the quality of your home’s indoor air. Call us today to discuss the exceptional ductwork services we offer throughout the Riverside, California area. 877-411-9888

Top 4 HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Your HVAC system has worked hard this year to keep your Riverside home comfortable no matter what the weather. Don’t you think it’s time that you’ve put a little work into being good to your heating and cooling system? With the top 4 HVAC New Year’s resolutions below, you can make sure that your furnace and air conditioner are in peak condition throughout the year for optimal home comfort.

  1. Check your air filter at least once a month.

A clogged or dirty air filter can restrict air flow, which reduces your HVAC efficiency and can also have a significant impact on your indoor air quality. Most standard air filters need to be changed or cleaned once a month. Make a habit of checking your air filter at the same time each month. If the filter is dirty or clogged, then you need to replace or clean it. You may also want to set yourself a reminder, so that you don’t neglect this important monthly task.

  1. Schedule an annual HVAC maintenance visit.

There is more to adequate HVAC maintenance than just changing your air filter each month. Your heating and cooling equipment needs to be cleaned, lubricated, and inspected at least once a year by an experienced Riverside HVAC technician. During your annual maintenance visit, the tech will make sure that your HVAC system is running smoothly and that your equipment has no immediate repair needs. This annual maintenance visit will help you optimize energy efficiency and get the most out of your HVAC equipment.

  1. Seal any leaks in your ductwork.

Leaky air ducts can cause you to lose a significant amount of energy. The start of the new year is the perfect time to inspect your ductwork and search for leaks. Look for tiny leaks, larger holes, damage, and gaps between ductwork. If you find any leaks or gaps, quickly fix them with sealant or tape. This will help you avoid energy loss throughout the year, which can affect your energy bills.

  1. Purchase a more energy-efficient HVAC system.

If you are serious about saving energy this year, you may want to invest in a newer, more energy-efficient HVAC system, especially if your current air conditioner and heater are getting a bit old. Not all HVAC systems are created equal. That’s why it’s important to do your research, and consult with a trusted HVAC company before choosing a new system. An experienced HVAC technician can help you determine the best size and type of equipment to meet your indoor air quality and home comfort needs.

If buying and installing a new HVAC system is on your To-Do list for 2017, the HVAC experts at Sheldon’s are ready to help you find the best new system for your home and budget. Check out our line of quality Carrier heating and cooling systems and products, or give us a call for more information about our energy-efficient HVAC equipment: (877) 411-9888.

The Holidays are here! Save Money with these HVAC Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are just around the corner. This time of the year brings fun and excitement, but it can also cause a bit of strain on your wallet. One way that you can save money this holiday season is by working to use your HVAC system more efficiently. Below are some HVAC tips for saving money this holiday season.

Money-Saving HVAC Tips for the Holidays

During the holidays, homeowners tend to use a lot more energy than any other time of the year. Whether you’re hosting guests or just taking part in the festivities, here are a few HVAC tips for saving energy (and money) this holiday season:

Turn down the thermostat when you are entertaining guests.

You want to keep your friends and family comfortable when you’re entertaining or hosting guests. However, more bodies in your home also means more warmth. Not to mention, if you are using the stove or oven, the heat from these appliances will warm up your home quickly. Make sure to turn the thermostat down once your guests arrive to save a little bit of energy and decrease your heating costs.

Don’t forget to change your air filter.

The holidays are a busy time, and it can be easy to forget simple maintenance tasks like changing your air filter. However, a clogged or dirty filter can decrease your HVAC system’s efficiency as it restricts airflow. Make sure that you stay on top of air filter changes so that you can keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently throughout the holidays.

Be sure to adjust your thermostat when you leave your home.

Many people find themselves running a lot of errands, taking more time to do some shopping, and even traveling near and far during the holiday season. Make sure to adjust your thermostat before you leave the house to conserve energy while you are away. You might also consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which automates the adjustment process, making it simple and convenient to adjust your home’s temperature even while you are away.

Get your annual HVAC tune-up.

Homeowners should get an HVAC tune-up, or routine maintenance visit, at least once a year. During this visit, an experienced HVAC technician will make sure that your HVAC equipment is clean, well-lubricated, and in working order. The tech will check for any repair needs, and fix your equipment before the issue becomes more costly. An annual HVAC tune-up will save you money by improving the efficiency of your HVAC system while also prolonging the life of your equipment.

Looking for more ways to save money on energy costs this holiday season? Check out this helpful guide from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for other ways to save energy during the holidays. If you need an HVAC tune-up or have any other questions about energy efficiency and your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to contact us.

HVAC 101: The Best HVAC Resources Available Online

As a homeowner, you may feel that there are SO many things you don’t know about the way your house and its pieces operate. One of the most mysterious systems to most people is their heating & cooling system. Below, we’ve broken down the basics by providing you with some of the best, most comprehensive HVAC resources on the web. Check it out:

Thermostat Management 101

Managing Your Thermostat
How do I program my thermostat? What can my thermostat do to save on energy costs or provide better home comfort for my family? These are all valid questions. This infographic explains it well: a majority of your energy bill each month goes to your HVAC system and a 1 degree difference on the thermostat can make a HUGE difference in the energy usage for your home.

This graphic actually provides a LOT of great advice for saving money on your energy bill including the use of LED holiday lights and the purchase of a smart thermostat.

Winterproofing 101

Winterproofing Your Home on a Budget

Thanks to this infographic from The Mint, you can see how much your home and other homes in our area are spending on heating costs and we’ll agree – the energy usage can be astronomical. There are many steps you can take to winterize your home and reduce the expense of energy this year. For example, keep your curtains open on sunny days to disperse natural heat through your home or test for leaks around windows and doors and get your home as airtight as possible.

Indoor Air Quality 101

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

Your indoor air quality, also referred to as IAQ, can really impact your health and quality of living. Since lung disease is the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States and asthma and allergies are TOO common, it’s pretty evident just how important clean air can be. We can’t completely control the air quality outside our homes, but we can help to eliminate contaminants inside. This infographic outlines the major factors that affect IAQ and what you can do to combat these issues right away.

HVAC Myths 101

8 HVAC Myths — Busted!

So many beliefs about HVAC are simply untrue. The writers at 2 Wired 2 Tired lay down some serious real talk in their infographic which dispels several HVAC myths. Beneath all of the misconceptions, there are some major takeaways for homeowners: You should definitely rely on a programmable thermostat, you need to change your filter quarterly at minimum, your HVAC system size matters, and shutting your vents isn’t such a great idea after all. So much more can be gleaned from this infographic and from 2 Wired 2 Tired.

Repair & Replacement 101

Your Central Air Unit: Is it Time to Repair or Replace?

It can be difficult to know, when your HVAC system starts to depreciate, whether you should invest in repairing it or go ahead and replace it. A lot of factors affect this decision including the severity of the needed repairs, the age of the system, the cost of the needed repairs, the warranty, the SEER rating, and whether or not your system is sized properly for your home, among other things. This infographic is a great start for this information, and we’re also happy to consult with you on this decision also!

Home Energy Savings 101

Home Energy Savings

No appliance or use of energy in your home requires more energy each month than your HVAC system. We take that very seriously and aim to do everything we can to help you reduce costs. Still, there are many things you, the homeowner, can do to help lower those costs also. This infographic offers ways to conserve in every room of your home.

Duct Cleaning 101

Duct Tales: What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

We agree with Air-tek’s recommendation to having your ducts cleaned quarterly. By involving a professional, you can ensure that your ducts are inspected for debris of all kinds including buildup of pet hair or dust as well as signs of mold or pest infestation. Without this routine inspection, you run the risk of finding the problem WAY too late and having bigger problems to deal with.

Come back and visit our blog frequently for the latest HVAC resources for homeowners like yourself and when you’re ready to schedule an installation, repair, or routine maintenance call, choose Sheldon’s.

Why HVAC Hacks May Cost Your More than You Bargained For

If you’re like many homeowners, you have probably installed a number of things in your own home. From replacing lightbulbs and paint colors to installing new faucet hardware, a new appliance, or – worst yet – twinkling outdoor lights during the holidays, you consider yourself handy with tools and the eventual, begrudging use of the owner’s manual. Still, you probably realize some things are beyond your breadth. Perhaps you’ve unclogged a drain or two, but caved and called a plumber when you failed in your attempts to repair a more complex leak. Maybe you did a little DIY stain on your kitchen cabinets but decided to bring in a contractor for the custom tile. Everyone has their limits.

In this post, we’ve outlined 5 reasons you should NOT DIY the installation or major repair on your heating and cooling system. Just like with any other big facet of home ownership, there are DIY tasks – like changing filters – that you can handle at no cost and there are things you must invest in, that require a pro. HVAC is far more complex than most people know and more importantly, the dangers of performing an HVAC repair or installation wrong are WAY too costly.

5 Reasons to Trust an HVAC Professional Instead of DIY

Here are just 5 reasons why you hire an HVAC professional rather than take on a repair yourself:

The Safety of You and Your Family

HVAC is dangerous. Any technician will tell you that there are risks involved with the work we do and we’re trained on how to prevent and deal with those risks. Your heating and cooling system components include sharp edges, heavy equipment, electric elements, and refrigerant – which is cold enough to burn your skin. If you’re not trained on how to handle this, your safety is in harm’s way. If you are injured, you don’t have the protection of worker’s insurance and the costs will be yours to bear.

Further, a poorly installed system or ill-gotten replacement could cost the safety of your family as well. HVAC systems can cause fires, gas leaks, and a number of other shortages that could implicate your loved ones – a risk nobody should take.

Following the Law ­­

The Environmental Protection Agency, commonly referred to as the EPA, has sanctioned laws on the handling of HVAC related materials including refrigerant or any system which already contains refrigerant – you’re not legally able to, nor is it safe to do so. Failure to comply with regulations that govern refrigerant gas are punishable with fines and more punitive measures. Further, improper use of refrigerant gas can also harm the environment and be unsafe for you and your family.

Concerns in the Long Term

Your HVAC system impacts the air you, your family members, and your guests breathe while inside of your home. Improper installation, repair, or ventilation of your HVAC system can increase the humidity in your home, leading to mold, as well as causing filtration issues which will contaminate the air you breathe. Most especially, when a gas furnace is improperly installed, it can build up and emit carbon monoxide gas into your home, which can poison you or your family members. Carbon monoxide is referred to as the silent killer because symptoms can range from flu-like to fatal.

The Costs You Might Incur

By making major errors when installing or repairing an HVAC system, you can compromise the integrity of the system as well as cause damage to the areas of your home affected by the system components and ducts. You’ll run the risk of major costs of time and money if you have to redo steps in your installation or repair, or if you cause other problems in the process.

The Resale Implications

Your current home may be where you hang your hat for a lifetime – or it might not. The fact is, most people sell 2-3 of the homes they buy in a lifetime. Just in case your life takes a turn and you decide to upgrade your home, your family outgrows it, or you opt to relocate for a job or other circumstance, it’s best to ensure that your home is made resell-ready. By making investments that are smart and responsible – such as keeping your HVAC system updated – you can ensure top dollar resale value and ease of obtaining a buyer. Contrarily, if you have performed a DIY install-gone-bad on your HVAC system, or opted to repair it yourself (and maybe missed a few key steps) you could be selling a lemon. Since nearly all homebuyers obtain a professional inspection before purchase – especially if obtaining a loan, wherein an inspection would be mandated – your DIY project will be found and documented for sure.

When assessing the costs of a new HVAC system install or repairs to your existing heating & cooling system, be wise. The DIY option only looks more affordable.  In the long-run, hiring a professional to install, repair, and routinely maintain your system will keep you safe and save you money. Choose Sheldon’s for all of your system repair, new system purchase and install, or routine maintenance needs.