4 Things You Really Need to Understand About Your Home HVAC System

4 Things You Really Need to Understand About Your Home HVAC System
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    Home HVAC systems, also known as central air systems, are great investments because they not only allow you to have better control over your climate control and comfort, they can also help make you healthier, and they increase the resale value of your house.

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Whether you are looking at installing a new system into a house you already own or buying a home with an already installed unit, your first HVAC brings with it some new responsibilities and challenges for you as a homeowner. Luckily, there are a few key considerations that can make managing your new HVAC system easier while saving you money over time.

1. Understanding the Unit

Regular maintenance is important for these systems. Like furnaces, they need to have filtration components replaced regularly, and there may be other features that also have components that need regular attention. For instance, some high-end HVAC systems incorporate humidifiers to help offset the way air conditioning can dry the air. Make sure that you understand any and all regular maintenance that you will need to do as a homeowner, and also the inspection and service schedule needed to keep the system operating at peak efficiency.

If you are buying a home with an existing unit, check it for rust and other signs of damage, and request that your home inspector give it a second opinion, too. Units that are in subprime condition might be able to be replaced by the seller, or you might be able to get a lower price on the house overall based on the need to update, repair, or replace the unit.

2. Know Your Ductwork

It really doesn’t take an expert to find problems in most home heating ducts. Check for leaky ducts. This is something you can generally fix on your own with regular home improvement supplies and a bit of time, and the improved efficiency can save you a lot of money in the long run! If you have other complications, like sprawling ductwork that looks confusing, consider consulting an expert about how this will affect your HVAC use and costs.

3. Insulation Counts

Insulation is important in both summer and winter, because it not only helps to keep a heated house warm, it also helps air conditioned homes resist the scorching outdoor temperatures that surround them. Re-insulating a whole home can be costly, so checking the insulation before purchasing a house is important. For homeowners adding an HVAC system, though, new insulation in the attic can be a cost-effective way of boosting the system’s performance while cutting the cost of operating it.

4. Check for Air Leaks

Your ductwork is not the only place where you might find leaks. Checking your home for drafts and other leaky outlets where your HVAC system’s efficiency might be compromised is also important. This can include old windows that might need replacing, chimneys, or entryways. Sometimes, overhanging picture windows and bays can also lose heat if they are not insulated properly when they are installed. Inspecting each of these items and updating them when necessary can save you hundreds each year.

Wrap-Up

Owning and operating a home HVAC system is easy once you know what to look for, but you want to remember to check each item on this list seasonally to keep up with any issues that develop. That way, your system will keep operating smoothly for years to come. Learn more about HVAC issues here.

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