An HVAC system helps keep you comfortable all year. Though most homes have HVAC systems, some need replacing or repairs. You need to understand how to purchase a new system. Keep reading for what you need to know.
What system do you have? You need this information to tell your contractor. Find out the brand and model and, if possible, dig out the maintenance history. This will let you know that you’re able to give the contractor the information that can help them.
Know what you need before you hire a contractor. This is necessary so that they can give you a quote before doing any work. If you do not know what you want, the process can become tedious, especially over the phone. Be sure to find this out ahead of time.
Clean your condenser’s fan blades and coils come spring. If you are doing more than a light surface cleaning, make sure that the power is shut off to the HVAC unit. Keep the exterior of the condenser unit free of debris.
Each spring, clean the fan blades and coils on your condenser. Before you get started, cut the power. Next, pop the grill off, put the blades out and start to gently clean them along with the unit.
Don’t get grass clippings on your outside unit. Turn your lawnmower in the opposite direction. Do the same when blowing snow or leaves.
You must keep your HVAC systems oil ports lubricated annually. They generally have a rubber or metal cap on them. Pick out a SAE 20 type of oil because it has no detergent, is lightweight, and you should put around 10 drops in the ports but make it to where they don’t get too full.
You need to have a contractor review your unit twice a year. The normally recommended time for HVAC system inspections is once before the peak cooling season when it gets hot and you’ll be using your AC, and once before the peak heating season, during the cold months when you’re likely to be using your heat. Even if nothing seems wrong, checking it out can help you find and fix potential issues.
Turn off any outdoor condensers you have when the weather gets cold. To prevent damage, turn off your unit if the outside temperature is less than 60 degrees. This helps the system last much longer and will have to be repaired less often.
If you are a homeowner, or if you can get permission from your landlord, install double-paned windows in place of any single panes in your home. Double pane windows can help minimize how much you use your air conditioner in the summer, because they keep cool air inside the home. Likewise, heat is better retained during the winter.
Having an HVAC system can be a great investment, especially if it keeps your home comfortable year round. Remember the previous tips when you must get a new system. The tips here can help you make a wise choice in purchasing and installing a system that serves you well.