Buying your first home is an exciting time. After closing and moving in, most new homeowners devote time and energy to making their new house feel like a home. With all the excitement of settling in, one thing that is often easily overlooked is your home’s air conditioning system.
The HVAC is the unsung hero of your home, working quietly behind the scenes to keep you comfortable day in and day out. It might not be as exciting as a new couch or television, but it’s one of the most crucial assets in your home.
Here are four tips for first-time homeowners to help care for the HVAC system in your new home.
1. Get to know your HVAC unit.
Air conditioners all generally work the same way, with slight nuances between models. Knowing basic information about your AC unit will help you take care of it properly for long-term use.
Is your home a new construction with a new AC unit? Read the manufacturer’s instructions for tips to optimize efficiency, as well as recommended air filters. If your unit includes a warranty, check out the requirements for filing a claim; most warranties require proof of regular preventive maintenance by a licensed HVAC technician.
If you purchased an existing home, ask the sellers to provide information about the home’s HVAC system, such as the age and brand of the unit. Also request a history of preventive maintenance visits or the last time the unit was serviced, and find out if the unit is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
2. Change your air filters.
Air filters keep airborne contaminants and debris out of your HVAC equipment, allowing air to flow unobstructed through the ducts and system. Clogged and dirty filters can cause your unit to work too hard, resulting in higher energy bills and a home that’s never cool enough.
Keep your home stocked with air filters for your HVAC system and change the filters regularly. Filters should be changed every 30-90 days, depending on your unit and the type of filter.
3. Check your outdoor unit.
The outdoor condensing unit of your HVAC contains the condenser coil and compressor, components that are vital to cooling and heating your home. Keeping these components clean and maintained helps your unit function efficiently.
Make a habit to regularly check the area around your condensing unit, especially after a storm. Keep the area clear of leaves, branches, standing water or storm debris. Also be on the lookout for animal markings, such as nests, fur, or signs of digging, and clean up as needed.
4. Schedule preventive maintenance visits.
The best way to make sure your AC unit is running smoothly and efficiently is to obtain service from a licensed HVAC technician. Schedule a maintenance visit soon after you move in, and ask the technician about enrolling in a preventive maintenance agreement.
A preventive maintenance agreement covers regularly scheduled maintenance for your AC unit. Twice a year, a trained technician will inspect and service your unit, ensuring all parts are clean and functioning correctly. Regular AC maintenance extends the life of your unit, improves your energy bills, and catches small issues before they become emergencies.
Let DDI Southeast check out your home’s HVAC.
If you are in Clay County, Florida or the surrounding area, our team is ready to help you prepare your new home for the next cooling or heating season. Our technicians can answer any questions you have about your HVAC system, and get you set up on a maintenance schedule to protect your newest investment. Call us today to schedule your visit!