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Heating and Cooling Tips When Buying a Home

Moving is a big deal. Since your HVAC system is one of the most complex and costly systems in your house, it’s especially important to know a few things about the heating and cooling system in your next home so that you can save money on your energy bills for years to come.

HVAC installation for existing structure or new build?

If your home is an existing structure with an HVAC system already installed, it’s important to know how old that system is and whether or not it’s been properly maintained. A regularly serviced heating and cooling system will last longer and run more efficiently. Home inspection reports will provide you with information on whether there have been any problems or repairs.

If you’re building or installing new equipment, you’ll want to make sure your new system is properly installed. Consider this:

  • Size matters

If your air conditioning unit is too large it won’t be able to remove the humidity properly from the atmosphere. If it’s too small, it will not be able to reach and/or maintain a comfortable temperature level.

It’s important to have properly certified HVAC professionals install and/or charge your heating and cooling equipment.

Importance of air filters

Air filters perform an important function and are usually not changed frequently enough. Clean air filters help your heating and cooling systems run much more efficiently and pay for themselves many times over in energy efficiency savings. Additionally, clean filters help keep dust and other allergens at bay which is good news for allergy sufferers.

Getting the right thermostat setting

Keeping your thermostat set properly can yield big energy savings as well. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can schedule your heating and cooling levels around your regular weekly schedule, keeping levels at less comfortable temperatures when you’re away at work, then automatically adjusting to more comfortable levels for the hours you’re at home.

Window treatments make a difference

If your windows are new or insulated well, you’re ahead of the game. However, don’t underestimate the contribution to energy savings made by curtains, blinds, and shutters. When you keep window treatments closed during the day to block out the sun’s heat during warm months, it can have a significant impact on your energy bill. Also, having insulated curtains or other window treatments can go a long way toward keeping the cold at bay during winter months.

Invest in regular maintenance

Having regular maintenance is investing a little to save a lot. Not only do equipment manufacturers usually require regular maintenance for their warranties but keeping a regular eye on your equipment keeps it running smoothly and may spot small issues before they become big, expensive issues. Data shows that regular maintenance can extend the life of your equipment by up to 5 years.

Whether your new home has existing equipment or a new installation, there are several things you can do to make sure your furnace and air conditioner run smoothly and efficiently for years to come. A trusted local HVAC company can tell you more.