How to tell if your cottage HVAC system needs to be replaced
Is your cottage A/C not keeping its cool the way it used to? Or are minor repairs no
longer quite so minor? If either scenario rings true, then it might be time to consider
replacing your existing HVAC system. Not only does an outdated system compromise
your indoor comfort, it can also become an unnecessary expense. Older systems tend to
be less efficient than newer models –and the last thing any cottage owners wants is to
spend more on their energy costs.
Upgrading your heating and cooling system to something newer is an ideal way to save
money on heating and cooling costs, since older systems tend to be far less energy
efficient. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old or your furnace is more than
15 years old, then it’s time to prepare for a replacement. More often than not, cottage
HVAC systems tend to be a bit older than those people have in their primary residence.
The age of your system isn’t the only reason to consider replacing your cottage air
conditioner or furnace. Here are some other reasons to consider an upgrade:
1. A History of Repair Issues – Replacement is likely the best course of action if the
same problem keeps rearing its head, or if you seem to be experiencing one
problem after another.
2. The 50% Rule – Definitely replace if your repair costs total 50% or more of the value
of your system.
3. Improved Efficiency – With some of the newer systems providing increasingly
higher energy efficiency numbers, upgrading can save you a noticeable amount of
4. Allergy Relief – If you or someone in your family happens to suffer from allergies,
then you may be interested in a system with improved humidity control and air
5. Incorrect Sizing – An air conditioner that is too big or too small for your cottage will
not be as efficient as it should.
If you’ve decided that it’s time to replace your HVAC system at the cottage, your first
step should be to contact your local Reliance Home Comfort Advisor about scheduling a
SmartFit consultation. While selecting the right system for your cottage is quite similar
to purchasing a system for your home, you may find that there are some subtle
differences. A seasonal home is used in a different way than your primary residence, so
it pays to consult the experts.