Buying a new home comes with a lot of responsibilities for maintaining it. If you’re a first-time home buyer, all of these responsibilities may be brand-new to you. You want to be comfortable in your new home, of course, and that means taking care of your HVAC system and using it correctly. What follows are new homeowner tips for HVAC operation and care.
New Homeowner Tips: Use a Programmable Thermostat
Heating and cooling the average home accounts for about half of the energy consumption. That means your thermostat settings have a major impact on the energy bills in your new home. So, you’re probably going to want to save energy by turning down the thermostat when you can. Thermostat event changes can be set automatically according to your lifestyle using a programmable thermostat.
New Homeowner Tips: Air Filter
One of the first tasks for learning more about the HVAC system in your new home is locating the air filter and noting its dimensions. Air filters are usually located behind the return grilles or in the blower compartment of the air handler.
Once you have the air filter’s dimensions, you can pick up some quality filters to keep on hand. Changing the air filteras regularly as the manufacturer suggests saves energy and helps keep your HVAC running smoothly.
New Homeowner Tips: Leave Doors and Air Vents Open
It may seem logical to close interior doors and air vents to unused rooms. On the contrary, doors and vents should remain open to allow free airflow between the supply registers and the return grilles throughout your home.
New Homeowner Tips: Professional HVAC Maintenance
HVAC systems contain complex parts and machinery that need regular care from a professional HVAC technician. This helps prevent early and expensive failures. So, it is cost-effective to have your furnace and AC serviced in the fall and spring by a trusted HVAC contractor.
If you have questions about any of these new homeowner tips or need HVAC service in your new Dayton-area home, contact us at Detmer and Sons!