Purchasing a home for the first time involves plenty of excitement….and responsibility. If you are not well-informed about all the moving parts and systems in your new home, some important things can fall through the cracks.
Your HVAC system is one of your home’s most critical aspects, so you must know how to take care of it. This will help to prolong its lifespan and to save you money by avoiding costly repairs. Here is what you need to know:
Learn About the Common Types of HVAC Units
There are several different types of heating and cooling systems. First, you need to figure out what kind of unit your home currently has and how old it is. In addition, familiarize yourself with your thermostat and the features that it offers. If it all seems a bit overwhelming, no worries! An HVAC professional will be able to explain your unit in more detail and point out any potential upgrades that may be necessary.
Monitor your Utility Bills
Every home is different, meaning the average cost of utility bills will vary. Therefore, it is essential to establish a baseline cost for the utilities in your home specifically. That way, you can quickly detect any spike in your monthly expenses, which can point to a more significant issue with your unit.
Be Aware of the Warning Signs
Often your HVAC unit will send you warning signs that something is wrong – so it is important to know what those signs are. A few things to look out for are odd noises (rattling, hissing, clicking, whistling), leaks, and foul odors. While these signs may not always mean something is wrong, call a professional just to be safe.
Understand Your Warranty
Although sitting and reading through your warranty may not be glamorous, it is so important. Some details to pay attention to are the length of coverage and the repairs that are covered under warranty. Also, remember that the previous homeowners may have voided the warranty without even realizing it. For example, some warranties require that all repairs be performed by a licensed professional; otherwise, it becomes void. So, it is best to know if your warranty is active to avoid any future surprises.
Schedule Routine Maintenance and Inspections
Do not wait until something has gone wrong with your heating and cooling before you call a professional. If your home is not brand new, have a professional inspect your unit to diagnose any issues and give you more information about your system. Your technician can also give you some additional tips that you can do throughout the year to keep your unit running efficiently.
At Cook Home Services, we want you to feel comfortable and at ease in your new home. To have one of our expert technicians perform a maintenance check or fix a repair, schedule your appointment online or call us at .