Many people find that their new home HVAC system is a bit bewildering, which is only natural. It’s probably the most complicated appliance in the house and possibly the most expensive. Knowing how to treat it from day one will make a big difference in how it performs.
Understanding the Basics
Most HVAC systems have two major components. The air handler is indoors and could be installed in a closet, the basement, or the attic. It houses the burner for the furnace and the evaporator coil for the air conditioner. All air handlers use air filters to prevent many of the airborne particulates in your home from entering the air handler and ductwork.
Shortly after moving in, locate the air filter and make a note of its type and size. Pick a date monthly to inspect the filter and change it when it’s covered with dust. Nothing drives up energy bills and promotes premature system breakdowns more than a dirty filter.
The outdoor condenser needs attention in the summer if you have an air conditioner. If you use a heat pump for heating and cooling, you’ll need to tend to it year-round. Make sure nothing obstructs free airflow through the condenser for faster cooling and efficiency. Don’t put anything on top of the condenser and keep the coils clean.
Don’t Neglect Professional Maintenance
Your new home HVAC system comes with a warranty whose validity probably depends on annual maintenance performed by a pro. Make sure you follow through to keep the warranty valid. While it’s not likely to break down, if it does, the warranty protects you financially.
Finer Points of Use
Don’t be tempted to close off rooms you don’t use by blocking their registers and closing the door. It will cost you more in higher energy bills and repairs.
Unless you have a variable-speed system, your HVAC system won’t heat or cool any faster if you turn the temperature way up or down.
There is much to learn about your new home HVAC system that the pros at Detmer and Sons can show you. For more information, contact us. We provide HVAC services for Dayton-area homeowners.