Congrats on purchasing your first home! You are undoubtedly thrilled with your investment, although you may also feel overloaded by all your new responsibilities. Now that you’re the owner, not the renter, it’s your job to care for all your home’s appliances and systems, such as the heating and cooling equipment.
If the only interaction you’ve ever come across with a furnace or air conditioner is to use the thermostat, you have plenty to learn. Try these HVAC system basics for brand-new homeowners.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Unless you live in the perfect climate, your new home probably has this system to keep you warm in the winter and cool for the summer. Here are the basic parts of an HVAC system:
When you were renting your home, your landlord probably managed any HVAC maintenance tasks such as replacing the air filter. They may or may not have foot the bill for detailed heating and cooling inspections.
Now that you’re in charge, you can offer preventive maintenance the attention it deserves. First, complete these do-it-yourself HVAC maintenance tasks:
Then, schedule annual maintenance for each HVAC unit. Only a trained professional can perform in-depth tasks like cleaning the furnace burners, recharging the AC refrigerant and identifying air leaks in the ductwork. Expect the following perks when you hire a professional to inspect your system every year:
Repairing and replacing the HVAC system is the homeowner’s responsibility. Watch for these signs that it’s time to contact a heating and cooling professional:
If your defective furnace or air conditioner can’t be restored, you’ll need to replace it with an HVAC specialist’s help. Here’s how this works:
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If you have questions about these HVAC system basics, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We prioritize customer education to help you make an informed decision about your HVAC system. Our team is well-versed in a wide range of HVAC services, so reach out for everything from furnace maintenance to AC repair to heat pump installation. For more info or to ask about an estimate, please get in touch with your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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