Being a new homeowner can be kind of nerve-wracking. Buying a home is a significant investment, and you want to ensure that you take good care of it. We’ve put together some tips for taking care of your HVAC system in your new Raleigh, North Carolina home.
Inspect the Outdoor Unit
Most people think of their HVAC system as only an indoor part of their home, but this isn’t quite the case. There’s also an outdoor unit to your HVAC system. And, just like your indoor unit, your outdoor HVAC unit must be maintained.
Make sure to check your outdoor unit for damage and debris periodically. Especially during the fall or after a large storm, it’s important to check your HVAC unit and remove any leaves, dirt, or branches that may have fallen onto the unit. If any visible damage has occurred, be sure to call your trusted HVAC repairman right away.
As well, make sure that bushes and shrubs are trimmed so as not to interfere with the functioning of your outdoor HVAC unit. There should be 2-3 feet of space between your bushes and your HVAC unit.
Replace the Air Filter
Replacing your air filter is one of those jobs that is easy to ignore or forget about, but it’s critical. Changing your HVAC air filter regularly keeps the air in your home healthy and helps your HVAC system to run more energy efficiently.
Get to Know Your HVAC System
When you first move in, you’ll need to spend some time getting to know your new HVAC system. Depending on what you grew up with, your new home may have a different type of HVAC system, and you’ll need to learn the ups and downs.
Answer these questions when getting to know your HVAC system:
How old is my HVAC system?
What is the energy-efficiency rating of my HVAC?
Is my HVAC unit under warranty? What are the terms of that warranty?
Has my HVAC unit recently been inspected? Were there any problems?
Program the Thermostat
Not only does programming your thermostat help to maintain your HVAC system by letting it periodically rest, but it will also make your home more energy efficient. Make sure to program your thermostat to cool and heat your home only when you’re there. Allow your thermostat to run your HVAC system less while you’re away at work or on vacation.
An important part of properly running and maintaining your HVAC system is letting it run energy efficiently. This means that your system needs to have proper airflow.
Make sure that you don’t close air vents in unused rooms or block wall vents with furniture. A lack of airflow can cause your HVAC system to work in overdrive, which will end up costing you more money on your monthly energy bills.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
Your HVAC system is a major contributor to your comfort in your home. No one wants their air conditioning to go out on the hottest day of summer, but that’s when it’s most likely to go out if it’s improperly maintained. For uninterrupted comfort in your home, it’s important to schedule regular maintenance of your HVAC system by a trained professional.
By making maintenance of your HVAC system a priority, you’ll save yourself money over time, are less likely to need major repairs, will have an HVAC that’s running at peak performance, and maintain a comfortable home.
It’s important to have your HVAC system inspected by an HVAC expert who can evaluate and fix problems that might have been missed on a general home inspection. A trained technician can also help answer any questions you might have about your HVAC system and maintaining it throughout the year until your next appointment.
If you’re ready to set up your appointment and schedule your annual maintenance for the HVAC system in your new home, don’t hesitate to call Carolina Comfort Air at 919-879-2106. We’ll send out one of our trained technicians to make sure that your HVAC is running at peak performance.