The housing market is in full swing and we can only imagine the journey it has been to finally purchase a place of your own. There’s a lot that comes with owning your first home such as figuring out where everything should go, how to get the weird stain out of the rug and trying to calculate how you’re going to afford the first mortgage payment after all the paint you’ll need to buy. We get it! The last thing you’re probably thinking about is your HVAC system.
We’re here to help you navigate the heating and cooling system world with some tips on how to properly maintain and care for your unit.
Get to Know Your System
Besides knowing the fuel type, it’s important to know which systems are in your home. Once you’ve figured out if your home has a boiler, heat pump, air conditioning or ductless mini-split system you’ll want to research their age. Typically, HVAC systems can start experiencing problems after 10 or 15 years. Unlike fine wine and cheese, HVAC systems don’t get better with age so knowing when the system was installed will give you a better sense of its maintenance needs.
Check and Change the Air Filters
If your new home’s HVAC system has an air filter, you will want to switch it out for a new one on a regular basis. Changing air filters is a simple way to keep your system running efficiently. We suggest following the manufacturers recommendations as to how often you should be changing the filters but it typically ranges between one and six months.
Put Your Thermostat to Work
Should you install a programmable thermostat? We don’t recommend setback thermostats for A/C systems because the amount of energy required to overcome both temperature setback and increased humidity levels exceeds the savings you will receive. However, a programmable thermostat can be very beneficial on your heating system. This is true no matter what type of heating system you have. Automatically turning the temperature up for the morning will enhance your comfort level and adjusting the temperature down while you’re away will save energy. These thermostats will help your system run more efficiently and will even save you some cash in the long run.
If you already have a programmable thermostat, great. If you don’t, you may want to have us install one. Why? Programmable thermostats, depending on which one you choose, can do all the heavy lifting and thinking for you.
If you take care of your home, your home will take care of you. So, start your new homeowner experience on the right foot by contacting a Scott Energy expert today! We’re always here and offer a variety of services like A/C and heating system installation, oil and propane fuel delivery, routine maintenance and emergency service.