HVAC Tips for New Homeowners
Becoming a homeowner is an exciting and stressful time. There are many legal and practical needs to be met, but one thing you should pay close attention to is the standard of your HVAC system. This system may well have been dormant for some time and may have needed a service anyway. Without attention, it can cause damage to your new home. Read these New Homeowner Tips for details.
CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTERS
One of the first things you should do when you move into a new home is clean or replace the air filters in your HVAC system. When these filters haven been used for a while, or are dirty and haven't been replaced, the quality of air in your new home will be affected.
Chances are the home you move into will have been empty and unused for some time. Even if the HVAC wasn't running in that time, the air filters will still collect dust and dirt that will affect your home.
CLEAR THE CONDENSER UNIT
Condenser unit is part of your HVAC system, but it isn't always obvious where this unit is and it's cleaning is often neglected. When you don't clean this unit it can affect your home's air quality and your power bills.
A dirty condenser, or one clogged up with debris or overgrown shrubs around the side of your house, restricts the airflow of the HVAC making it work harder. Due to this you will have to run the HVAC at a higher operating capacity.
KEEP VENTS OPEN
It seems like common sense to close the vents of your HVAC system in rooms that are not being used. After all, won't that waste a lot of heat and energy and increase your power bills? The answer is that it won't, and that closing makes the system work harder.
The heat energy or cool air in your HVAC system wants to create an equilibrium. All heat energy does in fact. When you close the vents you make it less possible to achieve this. As a result your system will have to work harder to create an even temperature.
CLEAN YOUR DUCTWORK
You might not be aware of this but home inspectors don't check your dust when they examine your HVAC system. This means that ducts are a likely cause of deterioration in the system or mysterious dust in your home.
If you notice loud noises coming from your system or dust in your rooms, you should have the ducts on your HVAC system checked. You can do this by hiring an HVAC technician to examine your ducts, clean them, or patch them up.
SCHEDULE A TUNE UP
Don't ignore the maintenance needs of your HVAC system, this is easy to do. While your HVAC system is running well there seems to be little need for a tune up, but this system can get easily clogged up with the continually moving air.
A build up of dust, dirt, and leakages can cause you to lose efficiency and pay more in energy bills as a result of poor maintenance. Conversely, you can save money and enjoy a better quality of air with a scheduled tune up.