Moving into a new home can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming to get to know the ins and outs of your new house. Your HVAC system is one of the things you should familiarize yourself with when you move in so you can ensure it’s running effectively and efficiently, and recognize when it needs maintenance.
We’ve put together our HVAC tips for new homeowners so you can keep your home comfortable all year long.
Tip #1: Get to Know Your HVAC System
The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with your new HVAC system. Each system is different and requires a different maintenance plan. The most common types of HVAC systems are traditional AC systems, high-velocity, ductless, furnaces, boilers, electric heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, radiant heating systems, electric baseboard heat, and water heaters, but if you need help figuring out what your home has, you can explore our HVAC University.
Once you know what kind of HVAC system you have, check on the details like the age and efficiency rating of your specific system. Age can affect efficiency and the timing of repairs, and knowing the age will let you start planning and budgeting for the eventual replacement. It also might be useful to map out the thermostat, vents, and outdoor condenser if applicable to your system.
The last thing to check is your HVAC system warranty. This is useful to know for any covered repairs or maintenance, and will also give you an idea of what might void the warranty so you can avoid doing that.
Tip #2: Check and Change Your Air Filters
It’s also a good idea to replace your air filters when you move into your new home if you aren’t sure about the last time they were installed. Dirty filters can have an adverse effect on energy usage, system efficiency and performance and on the longevity of the system.
In addition, a clogged air filter will allow all that dust and debris that should be filtered out to be re-circulated back into your home. This can cause chronic allergies and especially be dangerous for people with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Generally speaking, air filters should be replaced about every 3-6 months, depending on your home size and HVAC system. Consider changing your filter even more frequently if you have pets that sheds fur.
Tip #3: Don’t Block or Close Your Vents
This is one of our favorite new homeowner tips because contrary to popular belief, closing your vents does not lower your bills! Blocking or closing your vents will stress the system and can be detrimental to the longevity of your HVAC system. Keep your vents in mind as you begin shopping for furniture for your new home so you have plenty of space for the air to flow.
Tip #4: Make Sure the Outdoor Unit is Clear of Debris and Landscaping
If your system has an outdoor unit, be sure to clean debris such as leaves, dirt, and snow off of your unit. The outdoor condenser needs sufficient space to be able to draw in air properly without stressing the system. Landscaping should also be at least 3 feet away from your unit so you can easily access it and to keep cleaning it easier.
Tip #5: Pay Close Attention to the Performance of Your HVAC in the First Month or Two
Closely tracking your HVAC for the first few months of living in your new home gives you a good baseline and allows you to properly get to know how your system works day to day. If you notice that the system is struggling to get your home up to temperature, this could be due to leaks in ductwork, or drafts in your house, under doors, etc, that are letting hot or cold air in. This also could signal a lack of insulation in the house.
If your new HVAC system is not heating or cooling your home properly, we recommend seeking a HVAC professional’s opinion. This could be an easy fix and the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get, causing you more money in the long run.
Tip #6: Find a Reputable HVAC Company and Schedule Maintenance
When you move into your new home, schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment to have a professional look at your system. This will ensure the system is performing at top notch and no repairs are needed. A professional can also check that your system is running efficiently so your utility bill won't spike, as well as, perform regular maintenance on the system in order to prolong your systems life, so you can get the most out of your HVAC system.
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