When Is the Best Time of Year to Replace Your HVAC System?

If your heating or cooling system is aging or less efficient than it once was, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new system. But when is the best time of year to contact an HVAC company for replacement and installation services?

In our most recent blog, the HVAC technicians at Novak Heating and Air Conditioning in Cedar Rapids, IA discuss signs it may be time to replace your HVAC system and when the ideal time to do so is. Call Novak today to have us look at your system to see what options we have available to help you save on a new HVAC system in your home.

How to Tell if You Need to Replace Your HVAC System

It’s never easy to come to the decision of whether or not to replace your HVAC system. It’s best if you make the decision on your own terms rather than your system dying for good on the hottest or coldest days of the year. Here are some signs that it may be time for a new HVAC system:

  • Your HVAC system is older than 15-20 years.
  • You’ve had many repair calls recently
  • Your utility bills are much higher than normal
  • Your HVAC system struggles on the hottest days and the coldest nights
  • Poor indoor air quality
  • Increased dust in your home

Ways to save on a New HVAC System

HVAC systems can be very expensive, so looking for ways to save is a smart idea. Before you pull the trigger, make sure to talk to a professional HVAC team like Novak Heating and Air Conditioning. We can diagnose your furnace and air conditioner and give you an estimate on the cost of the work. We’ll also let you know what to look for when shopping around for a new HVAC system. 

The Best Time of Year to Replace Your HVAC System

People need furnaces and air conditioners the most when they suddenly stop working in the extreme heat or cold. The middle of the winter and summer is when HVAC systems are in demand the most, causing prices to soar. 

The best time to replace your HVAC system is in the early spring, or in the early fall. September is a great month to consider replacing your HVAC system before you start relying on it this winter. Talk to Novak Heating and Air Conditioning in Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha, IA to make sure you install an HVAC system that is a good match for the size of your home.

If you’re going to replace your HVAC system, have you considered other options besides a furnace and air conditioner? Heat pumps are an energy-efficient option, as they can provide both heating and cooling without the use of fossil fuels. Ductless mini-splits are another great choice. They don’t require the use of ductwork and allow homeowners to create temperature zones across their homes. Contact Novak to learn more about our heating and cooling systems.

Specials & Rebates Offer More Ways to Save

Many HVAC manufacturers offer rebates and sales on certain models of HVAC systems throughout the year. Be sure to monitor the top HVAC manufacturers for deals. Another reason why the early spring or early fall is the best time to buy a new heating and cooling system is that this is the slow season for many HVAC companies. Be sure to shop around and don’t settle for the first quote you receive. Negotiate and search for the best deal in town before making a final decision.

Other companies might also offer specials and coupons on HVAC installation services during specific times of the year only. This is especially common during these slow months and around holidays. Be sure to watch Novak Heating and Air Conditioning’s specials page for discounts and coupons.

Call Novak to Replace Your HVAC System

Be sure to read our blog and contact us for estimates, repairs, and regular service. Contact us today for services throughout Cedar Rapids, Marion, Robins, North Liberty, or Hiawatha, IA if you’re ready to replace your heating and cooling equipment.

HVAC Maintenance Tips for Cedar Rapids Homeowners

One of the worst things that can happen during the late fall or winter is for your furnace to break down on a below-freezing day. This not only creates severe comfort issues, but it can also lead to a dangerous situation. The best way to care for your heating and cooling system and avoid untimely breakdowns is through regular maintenance services. In our most recent blog, Novak Heating and Air Conditioning shares some important fall HVAC maintenance tips.

Fall HVAC Tips to Keep Your Utility Bills Low This Winter

Does the thought of colder weather make your wallet ache? If you experience high utility bills in the colder months once you turn your heat on, our fall HVAC maintenance tips can help save you lots of money this winter.

Fall Tune-Up

We recommend having your furnace or heating system tuned up once a year, preferably in the fall before you turn it on for the first time. This allows our Cedar Rapids heating technicians to catch small problems early before they lead to bigger, more expensive repairs down the road.

Change Your Air Filter

During your fall tune-up, your technician will change your air filter, if necessary. Start developing a habit of changing your air filter every 90 days or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This helps prevent allergens from circulating in the air and keeps your furnace running efficiently. You can buy most furnace filters at any hardware store. Smokers, pet owners, and anyone who has asthma or allergies may want to change their furnace filter more frequently.

Thermostat Upgrade

New technology has made keeping your home comfortable a breeze. If you don’t have a smart thermostat, ask your technician more about them during your fall furnace tune-up. Smart thermostats monitor the weather, follow schedules, and can be controlled by your smartphone or virtual assistant. With all of these new features, users report saving between 10-23% on their energy bills. 


During the winter, our houses suffer from low humidity. You may notice dry air and static electricity during the coldest months of the year. This can cause chapped lips, dry skin, and irritate your sinuses. Low humidity can also make your house feel colder, which can make you turn up the heat.

If this sounds like your home, then the next of our next fall maintenance tip is to consider getting a whole-house humidifier. Not only will it help make your home feel more comfortable, but it can also improve your indoor air quality as well.

Air Duct Cleaning

If there are some rooms in your house that are more stuffy than others, the reason might be restricted airflow. Your air ducts expand in the heat and retract in the cold. Over time, leaks and cracks emerge. Dust, allergens, critters, and bugs can also clog up your vents. Air duct cleaning from Novak Heating and Air Conditioning can help clear these airways and make the entire house feel comfortable again. 

Schedule Your Fall Tune-Up With Novak Heating & Air Conditioning Today

Saving money on utility bills this winter starts with your fall tune-up from Novak Heating and Air Conditioning. Our friendly team members are happy to share with you more fall HVAC maintenance tips to keep your home cozy and comfortable all winter long. Contact Novak Heating and Air Conditioning today for heating and air conditioner services for your Cedar Rapids, IA, home.