When you move into a new home or have a new HVAC system installed it’s vital to take some time to understand how it works. If you don’t understand how your system works, you may not get the level of desired performance, and you could have higher energy bills. Let’s take a closer look at some aspects of your HVAC system that you may want to investigate carefully.
The True Cost of Ignorance
It’s estimated that 50% of the energy consumed in a typical American home is used by the heating and cooling systems. Over time this energy efficiency will really add up to a considerable increase in your energy bills. All modern HVAC equipment is designed to operate at a specific level of energy efficiency. In order to maximize this efficiency, it’s vital that the equipment is correctly sized to suit the home. The equipment also has to be operated correctly and serviced regularly to work effectively and efficiently.
New HVAC System Questions
Before you close on a home ask some pertinent questions about the HVAC system first.
- When Was Preventative Maintenance Last Carried Out?
Manufacturers of HVAC equipment recommend that annual maintenance is carried out for HVAC systems to work efficiently. Heat pump systems should receive bi-annual maintenance because they function in both cooling and heating roles. During a home sale, it can be easy for both sides to overlook a much-needed HVAC equipment maintenance tune-up. Make sure to ask the realtor about the last service date for the equipment installed in the home to ensure that it’s ready to use when you move in.
- Are There Warranties and/or Service Plans in Place?
The equipment installed in your home may still be under a manufacturer or installer labor warranty. It’s essential that you know about these details and if they are transferable to you the new homeowner. This could save you thousands of dollars in the event of an equipment failure after you move in. If they warranties or service plans can be transferred, make sure that this is carried out soon after the move is completed.
Familiarizing Yourself with a New HVAC System
Once you’ve moved into your new home, it’s essential to learn how the HVAC equipment works.
- Equipment Manuals
Having the manuals on hand for all the HVAC equipment in your home will be useful to understand how it works and for simple troubleshooting. The former owner should provide these manuals and if they cannot be located replacement should be sourced. These days, many manufacturers have PDF manuals of their equipment available online for download. Always ensure that you have the correct equipment model number of the equipment faceplate so that you have the manual to match.
- Master the Thermostat
The new thermostat in your home is the gatekeeper to operating your system in an energy efficient manner. Take some time to study the thermostat manual and learn how to program the setting to suit your needs. Many modern thermostats have energy saving settings to lower your energy bills while maintaining home comfort. If you have a smart thermostat get familiar with the controlling app and how it will work best to suit your lifestyle.