Buying your first home is such an exciting time! However, the ‘to do’ list of how to manage your home might feel overwhelming at first. Following these HVAC tips will help you take a major stressor off your plate and feel confident that your home will stay a comfortable temperature year round.
- Request a Professional Inspection Before You Purchase A Home
If you haven’t signed the paperwork on your new home purchase, it’s not too late to request a professional inspection of the HVAC system if you haven’t already. If there are any issues found with your HVAC system during an inspection, you may be able to negotiate down the price on the home or request the current owner fix the issues before you purchase the home. Additionally, completing this inspection will give you peace of mind if you find out the HVAC system is running in tip-top condition!
- Know the Warranty Coverage on Your HVAC System
Once you’ve purchased a home, what do you do if something goes wrong with your HVAC system? You’ll want to know the warranty coverage on your home’s HVAC system before you run into any issues. Check to see if the previous owner left any original documentation with the unit. A warranty card, owner’s manual, or even a sticker on the system itself may have the warranty information you need. If you can’t find this documentation, give the manufacturer a call. They will likely need information printed on your HVAC system to look up your unit so it can be helpful to find the model and serial number before you call.
- Get to Know Your HVAC System’s Normal Sounds
When you first move into your new home, take a few minutes a day to pay attention to any noises your HVAC system makes. Being aware of what sounds normally come from your HVAC system can lead you to be more aware of unusual sounds in the future. Pay specific attention to what your HVAC system sounds like when it turns on and off.
- Be Able to Identify the Important Components on Your HVAC System
Take the time to get acquainted with your HVAC system in your new home! For example, you’ll want to be able to quickly identify the emergency shut-off switch and know where the air filter is (you’ll want to change the air filter regularly). You’ll also want to identify all the vents and registers for your HVAC system and ensure you don’t block them by putting items on top or in front of them.
- Schedule a Maintenance Check with a Local HVAC Company
Once you’ve settled into your new home, give Gilman Cooling and Heating a call to schedule your yearly HVAC inspection. Yearly maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly for years to come. However, it can be difficult to remember to call for a maintenance appointment when you need it so it’s always better to schedule in advance!