27 Mar New Homeowner HVAC Tips
Just bought your new home? Congratulations! You are probably very excited about this significant acquisition. Now, It is the right time to be familiarized with the units responsible for the comfort levels in your home. Here are the essential tips you’ll need to consider to ensure that your Heating and Air Conditioning system is working optimally. Also, these will help you care your units allowing you to perform preventive maintenance to avoid costly and unexpected repairs to your units in the future.
- Learn how your new home is heated and cooled. Does your home have central air conditioning, furnace, swamp cooler, heat pumps, mini-split systems or a boiler? Which brand is your HVAC System?
- Find out what type of fuel your unit uses, such as electricity, oil, propane or natural gas.
- You should confirm the age of your system. Most start experiencing problems after 10 or 15 years.
- Know about the energy ratings of your cooling and heating units is essential. You must take into account the fact that while higher Efficiency Ratings are your units, they will be more energy-efficient, and will help you save money on monthly power bills
- Request the inspection reports for the HVAC system to learn about the types of issues the system has had in the past. Getting this information will allow you to know what to expect with the unit.
- Understand the terms and conditions of the warranty, in case the HVAC system still has a warranty.
- Clean or replace the filters every 1-3 months, or as recommended or as directed by the furnace or filter manufacturer. Some smart thermostats will remind you about filter changes.and. Remember that clogged filters force systems to work harder and could cause a system failure.
- Check your thermostat settings to make sure it is programmed or set to save energy on those times when you’re sleeping or away. If you don’t have, installing a programmable thermostat can help you to reduce energy use when you’re not home.
- Keep clean around your condenser unit. Your outdoor unit should be at least two feet away from leaves, plants, dirt, tools, toys and among others, this helps your HVAC system perform well and have proper airflow, in all seasons.
- Take care of ice formation in the winter – this is not a DIY thing – if you notice ice formations, blocks or large sheets of ice, then you need to get a specialist to assess the situation.
- Don’t block your vents. Whether to cut down on energy costs or to direct the air flow from areas where is not needed to locations where it is more desired, don’t do it. Instead of completely closing air vents, you can maximize your home comfort and keep your home energy efficient by partially closing those vents
- Check your Home’s Ductwork periodically. Check for obstructions around vents and registers, and leaks in ductwork. Leaks or blockages could drive up energy bills and may force your system to work harder.
- Find a licensed and professional HVAC contractor that be able to provide you emergency services and annual preventive maintenance. With a timely tune-up service, you will get your system in optimal condition all year-round. It is best to have your HVAC system serviced during the fall or spring. This will help with efficiency and life expectancy of your cooling and heating units.
To learn more about HVAC maintenance, contact Refriplus Heating & Air. We serve Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
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