HVAC Basics For New Homeowners

March 9, 2023


Congrats on acquiring your first house! Even though you are undoubtedly thrilled with your investment, you may feel pressured by all your commitments. You are now responsible for maintaining your home’s facilities and appliances, including the cooling and heating system, as you are the homeowner and no longer the renter.

Adjusting the thermostat may be the only encounter you’ve ever had with a furnace or air conditioner, in which case, you still have much to learn.

However, hiring a professional HVAC company can help assist you in these domains.

This blog post highlights some of the things new homeowners need to know about their HVAC.

HVAC System Fundamentals

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are referred to as HVAC. Your new place probably has this system installed to keep you warm during the cold months and cool in the summer. The main elements of an HVAC system are as follows:

  • Air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, furnaces, boilers, geothermal heat pumps, and ductless mini-splits are a few examples of comfort equipment.
  • Ductwork is connected to the supply and return registers for air-driven systems like air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces.
  • The use of boilers or radiators will be used as hot water distribution methods.
  • Options for improving indoor air quality include air filters, whole-house humidifiers, whole-house dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and energy-recovery ventilators.
  • Indoor climate control thermostat.

Recognize The Value Of Preventative Maintenance

Most likely, a landlord kept track of your HVAC maintenance chores like changing the air filter when you were renting their property. Whether they paid for complete heating and cooling upkeep is debatable.

However, now that you own your own place you can now devote the time and attention necessary to preventive maintenance. Prioritize the following HVAC maintenance projects first:

  • The air filter should be changed every 30 to 90 days.
  • To improve ventilation, lightly rinse off the outdoor unit and trim back any plants.
  • To ensure proper system balance, keep all air vents open.

Asking for annual maintenance for each HVAC system is essential. Only competent HVAC services can do intricate activities like replenish the AC refrigerant, scrub the furnace burners, and locate air leaks in your pipes. When you hire a pro to check your system once a year, you can anticipate the following benefits listed below:

  • Power savings
  • Fewer errors
  • Reduced repair costs
  • Greater convenience at home
  • Prolonged system life
  • Peace of mind

Also Read: What Is The Importance Of Preventive HVAC Maintenance?

Watch For Warning Signs Of Trouble

As a homeowner, you are responsible for your HVAC system’s maintenance and repair. Keep an eye out for these warning signs that it’s time to call a heating and cooling expert:

Loud noises: Pay attention to loud noises like whining, rattling, clanging, or hammering. It could be your air conditioner or furnace in your house calling for assistance.

Inconvenience or poor air quality: Inaccurate HVAC systems are frequently blamed for uneven temperatures, high or low humidity, stuffy spaces, and moldy odors.

Decreased energy efficiency: Have your expenses unexpectedly gone up? This could indicate that your HVAC system isn’t operating correctly.

Age: HVAC systems gradually lose effectiveness, much like all mechanical systems. While air conditioners and heating systems have a lifespan of about ten years, furnaces and boilers typically last for fifteen years.

HVAC Replacement Basics

If a broken furnace or air conditioner cannot be repaired, you will need to have an HVAC contractor replace it. When a professional comes to replace your HVAC this is generally how it will go:

  • You will tell the technician about the issue so they can look into it more thoroughly.
  • The expert will pinpoint the issue and make the finest recommendations. It may be possible to fix the device, but depending on its age and condition, a replacement may be more cost-effective.
  • Your ideal HVAC system, brand, fuel type, and efficiency rating will be determined when you engage with professional Heating & Air Conditioning services.
  • After choosing the system you want, set the installation date. Your expert will take care of everything safely.

About Us

Nor-Can Heating & Air is an Edmonton-based HVAC installation, upkeep, and repair firm. Our skilled HVAC professionals at Nor-Can Heating & Air repair, replace, and install air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems. We also offer dependable and affordable HVAC repair and replacement services for all brands and models. Learn more about Nor-Can Heating & Air and the services we provide.

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