So I’ve braced my family for the very real possibility that we have to be very disciplined with the thermostat this summer
This week, I called the HVAC company to schedule the air conditioning tune up. And I’m a bit afraid of what I’m going to hear from the HVAC technician when it comes to my residential HVAC. The fact is that the HVAC equipment is turning 26 years old this year. This is the first time that I’ve actually sat down to do the math when it comes to the residential HVAC in our home. The thing is, I really sort of didn’t think about the HVAC equipment all that often because I didn’t have to. The heating and cooling equipment in our home just keeps running and doing a great job of providing the heating and air conditioning we need. When we moved here, we replaced the HVAC equipment with our current heat pump. Once that was done, we immediately signed up for the HVAC service plan. That meant that our new HVAC equipment would get heating maintenance in the fall followed by an air conditioning tune up in the spring. This has resulted in flawless heating and cooling for the last quarter of a century. But it also kind of lulled me into a false sense of security as well. At the end of last summer, the air conditioning costs began to spiral a bit. This is one of the key indicators that the heat pump is nearing the end. It has to work more in order to just keep up with demand. So I’ve braced my family for the very real possibility that we have to be very disciplined with the thermostat this summer. I need one more summer from that heat pump in order to have the money to replace it.