When we first moved into our home, it was already equipped with a forced air gas furnace.
It was already rather old and gave us problems right from the start. I knew it was only a matter of time before we’d need to replace it. I hoped the heating system would keep up with demand for at least five more years. We had quite a few home improvement projects on the list ahead of a new heater. The roof was downright ancient and leaking. Because of it, there was some water damage to the ceiling and walls. I really wanted to replace the drafty old windows, outdated appliances and get rid of the ugly carpeting. Unfortunately, the furnace didn’t make it through a single winter. It quit, wouldn’t start back up and the technician quoted us an ungodly price to repair it. It wasn’t much more money to buy a whole new heating system. The technician suggested that we install air conditioning at the same time. He said that since the heating and cooling systems share a lot of components, I could save some money. I did some research and found that it’s best for energy efficiency if both systems start out new together. I wasn’t sure that we’d get much use out of an air conditioner. In our local area, the summer season doesn’t last very long. I debated and finally decided to spend the extra money for a cooling system. I am now so glad that I did, because we really appreciate the ability to lower the thermostat and have a perfectly cool and comfortable home.