First of all, congratulations on your purchase! It's a huge and exciting step in your life. You are going to be very busy with unpacking, exploring the new neighborhood and maybe even throwing housewarming parties; however, it is important that you take the time to look at an important component of your new home: the heating and cooling system. This feature may seem to run fine, but it is one that needs regular maintenance in order to continue to run efficiently. By taking the right road from the get-go, you can ensure that it operates reliably and can likely avoid costly repairs in the future.
1. Learn About the HVAC System.
First things first, you need to know what type of system you have, as they are not all the same. For example, you will likely have an air conditioner for cooling, but there are several different types of heating units, including a heat pump, electric furnace, and gas furnace. There is also a boiler, which can run off of natural gas, oil, propane, or another type of fuel. Some systems may have dehumidifiers, air purifiers, or other add-on systems that you will need to become familiar with. It is also important that you know how old your system is so that you can estimate when it will need to be replaced. For example, as a general rule, you are looking at somewhere between 15 and 20 years of product lifespan, depending on the specific component, as air conditioners typically last 10 to 15 years, furnaces last around 15 to 20 years and heat pumps last approximately 16 years.
2. Replace the Unit's Filters.
It is never a good idea to assume that the previous homeowner did anything. Therefore, it is recommended that you go ahead and replace the filters in your HVAC system. Even if you were told that the filters were changed, there is a good chance that they are dirty and clogged now after drywall, painting, and other contractors have been in and out of the house doing their jobs. The new filters will ensure that fresh air is circulating throughout your home. From here on out, make sure to check your filters on a regular basis – usually every month or so – in order to see if they are dirty so that they can be replaced when they get too filthy.
3. Schedule an Inspection and Maintenance.
Again, don't assume that the previous homeowner did what they needed to do. Plus, it's always better to be safe than sorry. So, rather than wait for something to go wrong, go ahead and call on an HVAC technician to have them perform a thorough inspection on your HVAC system as well as routine maintenance. This will inform you of any minor as well as major issues with your system. In addition, you can get any information on the system that you were unable to locate on your own and get some maintenance advice.Share
14 December 2016
Hi and thanks for visiting my website. My name is Bob. I am 32 years old and single. And like many of you, I am barely making ends meet on my own. That's why I decided to create this website. I've run into a few plumbing problems in my home, and in order to save money, I found some remedies that I could do myself, rather than calling a plumber. I decided to share these secrets with you, as well as tell you when a plumber is absolutely needed. I hope my website helps all of you do-it-yourselfers when it comes to fixing your plumbing.