HVAC Tips and Tricks for New Homeowners
Buying a new home can be exciting, but it can be wrought with hidden costs and unexpected expenses, too. An inefficient or faulty HVAC system shouldn't be one of them. Follow these tips to keep your HVAC system in tiptop shape and head off problems this winter.
Inspect the HVAC Unit Before You Buy
Checking out the unit before you buy is always a good move. Here's what to look for:
- Rust, watermarks and other visible stains or signs of decay. These all indicate problems with your HVAC unit that could be costly to repair.
- Uninsulated or poorly sealed ductwork. This can be a source of heat loss, costing you big bucks on your heating and cooling bill.
- Strange noises when the unit is running. Listen for clangs and bangs when the unit starts up and shuts down, as well as when it is operating. These can be a warning sign that all is not well with the unit.
- Check the age of the unit. If it is more than 15-years-old, you may need to replace the unit in the near future. Ask the previous homeowner for maintenance records and check for any notes HVAC technicians may have made about the condition of the HVAC unit.
If any of the above cause you concerns, speak to your realtor. You may be able to negotiate a lower purchase price or even get the seller to replace the furnace before you buy.
Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Call
Having the unit checked out by a professional as soon as possible after purchasing the house will help to head off potential issues. Your HVAC technician can assess the unit and can often identify and correct minor issues before they turn into major issues, causing costly repairs. Don't wait until the heating or cooling season is in full swing with the hopes that everything is running fine. A breakdown then can be costly and can put your family through days of discomfort. Being proactive now will save headaches in the future.
Change Filters and Clean Vents
Changing the air filters and cleaning the vents before your HVAC technician arrives will help improve the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Follow the manufacturer's directions for changing the filters and vacuum out vents with a household vacuum. Of course, your technician will be glad to do it for you if you aren't up to the job.
Familiarize Yourself With Your Thermostat
Knowing how your new thermostat works is important. Check the instruction manual for your thermostat to learn the features of your particular model well before it is time to operate the unit. You can often find instruction manuals online, if you do not have the original. Learning how it works now will save you time and aggravation when the time comes to turn the unit on. If you are unsure how of all the features of your model work and either do not have a manual or don't understand all the features, ask your HVAC technician to give you a hand.
If you are ready to schedule a maintenance call or have questions about your HVAC unit, our professionals at Action Heating and Air, Inc. are ready to help you. Contact us today for prompt and friendly service.