Well done on buying your first home! You are obviously delighted with your investment, even though you might feel weighed down by all your new responsibilities. Now that you’re the homeowner, not the renter, it’s your job to care for all your home’s appliances and systems, like the heating and cooling equipment.
If the only interaction you’ve ever come across with a furnace or air conditioner is to change the thermostat, you have more to learn. Get started with these HVAC system suggestions for brand-new homeowners.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Unless you live in the perfect climate, your new home likely has this system to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Here are the important parts of an HVAC system:
When you rented, your landlord likely handled any HVAC maintenance tasks such as replacing the air filter. They may or may not have foot the bill for comprehensive heating and cooling inspections.
Now that you’re in charge, you can give preventive maintenance the attention it deserves. First, perform these do-it-yourself HVAC maintenance tasks:
Then, schedule annual maintenance for each HVAC unit. Only an experienced professional can complete in-depth tasks like cleaning the furnace burners, recharging the AC refrigerant and gauging air leaks in the ductwork. Expect the following perks when you call a professional to inspect your system every year:
Repairing and replacing the HVAC system is the homeowner’s job. Watch for these signs that it’s time to contact a heating and cooling contractor:
If your finicky furnace or air conditioner can’t be fixed, you’ll need to replace it with an HVAC specialist’s help. Here’s how this works:
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If you have concerns about these HVAC system basics, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We focus on customer education to help you make an educated decision about your HVAC system. Our team is well-versed in a full array of HVAC services, so give us a call for everything from furnace maintenance to AC repair to heat pump installation. For more details or to ask for an estimate, please get in touch with your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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