HVAC Tips You Should Know When You First Buy a Home

In addition to hearty congratulations, a few new homeowner tips about your HVAC system are in order as you move in. If it’s well-maintained, the existing system should provide efficient heating and cooling for the length of each unit’s expected service life. So, as you make yourself at home at your new address, familiarize yourself with your new home’s HVAC units too. Here are some new homeowner tips to keep in mind:

Gather information.

As soon as it’s convenient, get to know a few things about the HVAC components:

  • The age of each unit. It’s one of the more important new homeowner tips so you can estimate when replacement of your HVAC units may be required. A central AC typically lasts about 15 years, while gas-fired furnaces may last 20 years or more. If you can’t get age information from the previous owner, write down the serial number of each unit and contact the manufacturer’s customer-service department.
  • System efficiency ratings. These figures, also available from the manufacturer, are new homeowner tips that help guide your expectations regarding operating costs: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of the central air conditioner and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating for the furnace. AC SEER ratings start at 13 for a standard efficiency unit and go as high as 21 for the most high-efficiency units. A standard-efficiency gas furnace AFUE is 78%, while high-efficiency models are in the 90% to 95% range.

Change the HVAC air filter.

Maybe the previous owner did so recently — or maybe they didn’t. Because air filter status impacts many critical system parameters, install a clean filter when you move in, just in case.

Schedule preventative maintenance.

Start with a clean slate and get professional preventative maintenance for both the AC and the furnace from a qualified HVAC contractor. It’s another of the new homeowner tips that support optimum system performance and efficiency. It’s also required by the manufacturer to qualify for warranty service.

For more new homeowner tips to get acquainted with your HVAC system, contact Paitson Bros., helping residents feel comfortable in their new home since 1922.

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