If you’re a new homeowner, first we want to say congratulations! There’s nothing more exciting than purchasing a new property. As you’re getting ready to move in, or if you already have, at some point you’ll need to perform some heating or cooling maintenance. Since not everyone is as familiar with furnace and air conditioning systems, we thought we’d put together this short guide. So, here are our HVAC tips for new owners to get you started!
Schedule a furnace cleaning ASAP
A general homeowners inspection will have reviewed the condition of your HVAC system. However, we recommend getting on our calendar ASAP for a more in-depth cleaning and inspection. This will identify any problems that may be on the horizon. It will also allow us an opportunity for preventative maintenance tasks that can prevent long-term problems with your system.
Buy a couple of fitted air filters
You should replace your HVAC filters, at a minimum, every six months. Ideally, you will replace them quarterly. One way to ensure you stay on top of this small task is to pre purchase a batch of air filters to keep near your furnace. When you replace your smoke detector batteries, go downstairs and replace the filter too. Then, the next time you’re at the store, pick up one to replace the filter you just installed.
Familiarize yourself with your breaker box
Have you taken a look at your breaker box? Do you know which circuit controls your furnace and which controls your outside air unit? Do you know which controls your water heater and which controls your other appliances? Familiarize yourself with the circuits within your breaker box and, if they’re not labeled, take some time to do so right away.
Consider replacing your thermostat
Does your home have a “traditional” thermostat, one that lacks smartphone control options? If so, replacing it with one you can adjust remotely will save you both time and money. Better yet, consider using built-in geofencing options to maximize your HVAC energy usage.
Start saving for a replacement HVAC system
This is a statement that might sound self-serving, but hear us out. If our team installed the HVAC system at your new home, we’ll be able to track down the installation dates from our records. This will give you a better sense of how long the system will last.
However, if it’s not a home we serviced, and you can’t find out the age of the system from the available records or your homeowner’s inspection, you will want to be proactive in preparing for an eventual replacement. Your system could be a few years old and last you another decade. Or, it could be near the end of its life. We offer financing options, of course, and all we’re advocating is to be prepared for the unexpected.
Proactive maintenance can extend the life of your furnace
That’s yet another reason why we advocate for routine inspections from our team. Regular maintenance will help to extend the life of your furnace, whether it’s a few years old or of driving age. Let’s know how we can help. Contact us to schedule an inspection today!