Nov 16, 2020
HVAC systems come in an array of varieties, so here’s what you need to know about them.
It’s inevitable, at some point in your homeowner experience you’ll have to deal with your HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning). Whether that means keeping up with the maintenance of your air-conditioning unit or furnace; or replacing the entire system to fit your home's new needs. Regardless of the reason you’re learning about your home’s HVAC system, there are some things you should know (with the help of an HVAC advocate of course).
FAQ #1 – Why is an HVAC System Important?
You have to understand why an HVAC system is important in the home. Heating and air conditioning work together to provide airflow and energy efficiency throughout your living space. Having the right advocate or expert to help with the installation or maintenance of a system will help these functions perform at their highest level. To break it down, an HVAC advocate can help you understand how both your AC and Heating units work together.
FAQ #2 – What benefits does an HVAC system have?
Your heating/cooling solution can provide a variety of benefits including better air quality and air circulation. High efficiency models accumulate more savings over time since it takes less energy to operate them.
FAQ #3 – Should I keep my thermostat at a consistent temperature?
Whether you have a manual or programmable thermostat or not, the Department of Energy (DOE) recommends a temperature of 68°F while you're awake (give or take a few degrees). Or a lower temperature while asleep or away from home. That alone can save you up to 10 percent a year on energy. To learn more about the options available, take a look at Department of Energy’s thermostat guide!
*Find thermostat guide here
FAQ #4 - How can I find an HVAC system that fits my budget?
Working with an HVAC expert (or advocate) to find unit(s) that fit a specific price-range is a game changer. All HVAC systems aren’t created equal and are wide-ranging when it comes to cost. Finding one that fits your budget should prevent you from spending too much on something you don’t need. Or encourage you to spend enough on something you do need, that will last.
FAQ #5 – Will any HVAC system do when replacing my old one?
It’s important to understand, one size doesn’t fit all. Your home is customized and your system has to be too. Different brands (and efficiencies) should be considered when making any HVAC choices for your home. Taking the time to find the right fit for your home will save you money on unnecessary prepares later on (see FAQ #4).
FAQ #6 – How do I know my HVAC system is working properly?
Making sure your system is working effectively by replacing parts if they no longer serve your home. Do your research and contact an expert to help you find the right parts. HVAC experts know having the wrong size unit (or system) in your home can tip the scales of money spent in either direction.
By no means are these all the “FAQS” related to an HVAC system and its upkeep. But it’s a great way to start if you’re new to home maintenance. When learning about the HVAC system in your home there are no wrong questions. The more knowledgeable you are about your air-conditioning and furnace units the easier it will be to know when something is wrong. Whether it be a simple restart, or a more detailed replacing of a particular part. Also, don’t forget to reach out to HVAC advocates nearby, who can help make fixing the problem as cool as your AC could be on a summer day.
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