As a new homeowner, it’s important to learn about everything that comes with making sure your house runs smoothly, efficiently – and most importantly – safely. It can seem like a Herculean task to learn about water heaters, HVACs, appliance care, and lawn maintenance, but once you do you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. Let us help you tackle one of those areas that new homeowners often feel daunted by researching – with our complete guide to your HVAC system.
What is an HVAC System?
Getting right to the guts of what an HVAC system does – it helps you stay comfortable in your home. It’s the whole system that cools, heats, and conditions the air in your house year round. HVAC stands for Heating (H), Ventilating (V) and Air Conditioning (AC). Most HVAC systems include a furnace, air conditioner, thermostat, ductwork, vents, and grills.
To learn more about how an HVAC system works and other HVAC accessories that can add comfort to your home, check out our guide that includes some easy answers to hard questions about your system.
How Can I Get The Most Out Of My HVAC?
Knowing how your HVAC works will help you get the most out of your system. Learn about your unit’s make and model. Find out how old the unit is. Look up the recommended filters to buy. Find out the maintenance needs on your manufacturer’s website or through the owner’s manual. And most importantly, hire an HVAC expert to show you how your specific system works.
A professional technician will be able to walk you through your system so you know how to best maintain it. They’ll be able to show you the areas of concern or things to watch and give you advice for maximizing efficiency. That is all in addition to helping you with maintenance needs. The piece of mind you’ll get is worth the extra cost.
To make the most of your money, we’ve put together a list of questions to ask your local expert so they can show you how your HVAC works.
What Are The Top 3 Things I Need To Know About My HVAC?
Change Your Filter Often
This is a big one for a new homeowner to remember. Owning an HVAC and taking care of it is relatively new for someone who just bought their first house. That’s why making regular filter changes and cleanings a part of your new homeowner’s routine is important. Some HVAC systems need their filters changed monthly depending on the type of filter. To learn more about what makes filters so important, click here.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Our resident expert, Keith Hills, technical support manager at Minnesota Air, says preventive maintenance can go a long way.
“The best advice I can give is not to ignore your mechanical systems. Furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, and water heaters all need a little TLC once in a while,” he says.
Just like you go to a doctor for checkups, your furnace needs a little attention from an HVAC pro to make sure it’s working at top performance.
Get To Know Your Technician
Like we mentioned before, taking some time to ask your technician questions will be well worth the money. It’s even better if you can keep hiring the same professional to give your system a checkup/tune-up. That allows you to build a relationship with the company and allows the technician to build some familiarity with your system. The bonus is if an emergency happens and you need your system fixed fast, you’ll have less stress knowing you have a company on hand that you trust. If you need more reasons to get to know your technician, check out our 3 essential tips from an HVAC expert here.
Knowing about your HVAC will make sure your house stays home sweet home for years to come!