Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Still, each system serves a specific purpose, and each requires different maintenance, which can add to the cost of owning and maintaining the system.
What Is HVAC?
HVAC systems run your home without anyone having to think about it. A properly functioning HVAC system removes excess moisture, cools or heats the air, and controls the humidity and temperature within your home. The HVAC technician is responsible for the design and oversight that keeps your heating and cooling system running efficiently.
Know Your HVAC System
There’s a good chance that if you own a home, you’ve thought about investing in an HVAC system at some point. In industry parlance, this type of system is referred to as “central air conditioning.” It comprises two main components: the outdoor and indoor units (also known as the “furnace”), which are connected by the refrigerant. The system cools the air by using the compressor, a fan, and coils that move heat away from your home.
Your heating and air conditioning system (HVAC or AC) play an important role in the comfort and safety of your home. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and without it, your home would be an unbearable place to be. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know much about the inner workings of their HVAC system.
The Age of Your HVAC System
You bought your first home and are in love with the open floor plan, the vaulted ceilings, and that gorgeous kitchen. But when you walk into your home at night, you feel a slight chill in the air, and your electric bill is through the roof. Sound familiar? Your home may need a new HVAC system, and we’re here to help you navigate the process. When your system isn’t up to par, it can lead to all kinds of problems—all of which can cost you a lot of money.
HVAC systems need attention every few years. Specialized technicians can recharge the refrigerant or oils in the system, but you can take care of this on your own for intermediate maintenance. Your HVAC system should last about 10-12 years. The life expectancy of older systems can be decreased if they haven’t been serviced in many years.
HVAC Efficiency Ratings
Whether you’re moving into a new home or replacing your aging HVAC system, it’s important to choose a system that meets your family’s heating and cooling needs. Energy Star recommends you review Energy Star’s ratings to help you choose a system that meets those needs.
The federal efficiency rating labels, or Energy Guide labels, are common in homes across the country. They are found on appliances, water heaters, ceiling fans, refrigerators, air conditioners, and many other types of household products. They are designed to help consumers choose products that have a more efficient energy performance, allowing them to save on their energy bills.
How to Know the HVAC Warranty
Buying a new heating and cooling system can be a costly investment, and you’ll want to be sure you get the most out of it. Before you buy, be sure you understand all the different system warranties, since having knowledge of this will help you choose the best system for your needs. For instance, if you’re planning on staying in your home for several years, you may want to look at systems that have a longer-term warranty since most systems have a 10-year limited warranty.
For many homeowners and renters, the HVAC system is an intimidating concept. Many people don’t understand how it works or that it’s integral to their home’s comfort. And unfortunately, most people never need to know the system’s inner workings, so HVAC warranties are a mystery to most. But you don’t have to wait until your AC breaks to familiarize yourself with the HVAC warranties that often come with newer heat pumps and air conditioners. In this post, we will explain key terms associated with HVAC warranties and suggest some ways to learn about the warranty terms before you purchase a new HVAC system.
The Maintenance Inspection Results
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all homes to have an HVAC system inspected annually. If it has been over a year since you’ve had your HVAC system inspected, now’s the time to take the necessary steps. Keeping your HVAC system well-maintained will reduce the need for costly repairs or replacements.
The HVAC system in your home is sort of like your body; if you’re not getting enough exercise or eating the right foods, you may not be able to perform at your best. It’s important to give your system a little TLC to make sure it’s working efficiently and safely. Regular inspections and maintenance can help you catch any potential issues before you face them—even if it’s just a small problem in the beginning.