Why New Homeowners Should Use HVAC Professionals
Congratulations! You decided to make the jump and live the American dream of buying your own home. Now comes the flood of questions: How do I turn on and off the water to the house? What kind of insulation do I have? How does my HVAC system work? Or, if you are very new to homeownership: What is an HVAC system? Most questions are pretty easy to answer with the help of the Internet, but for your home’s HVAC system, you may be in better hands if you turn to the HVAC experts. Here’s what a contractor can help show you about how your HVAC system works.
What Is An HVAC System?
For starters, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Since the HVAC system is responsible for the comfort (heating and air conditioning) and the safety of your home (ventilation), it’s likely an area where you won’t want to skimp. It could cost you more money in the long run with fuel costs, repairs, and lack of energy efficiency if you are not sure how things work.
Online information is great for learning the basics, but it also tends to speak in generalities. So once you know the kind of system you have, look for a company that designs, installs, and services that type. The real professionals, like the certified technicians at Stay Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning can provide service, maintenance and repair to all makes and models. And, full service companies also tend to be up-to-date on the latest advances in the field, according to Today's Homeowner, which also gives a great list of tips for dealing with an HVAC pro.
Questions to Ask About HVAC
Keith Hill, manager, technical support, at Minnesota Air, says that for the price of a service call, a new homeowner can get a wealth of information on:
- Maintenance needs
- Potential areas of concern & things to watch
- Suggestions for maximizing energy efficiency and comfort
“The contractor is trained to view your HVAC equipment as a system and will be in the best position to explain how it works,” says Keith.
The great news is that once you know how a system works, you’ll be armed with the knowledge on how to maintain and improve it. Just like people go to the doctor for their annual health check-ups, a once a year inspection with an HVAC pro does the trick for most systems.
When you hire a professional HVAC technician, they’ll help you get to know your new HVAC system by performing these check list items:
- Filter check
- Blower and fan check
- Combustion test
- Vent inspection
- Condensate drain cleaning
Understanding how your HVAC system works and performing regular maintenance helps everything in your home run more smoothly, safely, and efficiently. And when you’re new to owning a home, that piece of mind is priceless.
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