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Jul 25 2021

HVAC Tips for New Homeowners

Moving into a new home is among life’s most exciting moments. Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or someone who’s been through the process many times, there are a few things to check so that the transition is as smooth as possible. It’s important to get familiar with your new home’s air conditioning unit and eventually the furnace by the time winter rolls around. Van Drunen has a few tips for new homeowners so they ensure their HVAC system stays in top shape year-round. If you have any questions, just let us know, and we’ll be happy to help. 

Know Your HVAC Unit’s Age and Efficiency

Many homeowners underestimate the age of their HVAC system, and this is especially true if it’s in a new home you recently bought. Since you’re unfamiliar with its age and efficiency, be sure to inspect the unit. Newer systems are far more energy efficient, which helps to lower energy bills as well as reduce energy consumption, keeping the environment cleaner. Older models may need to be replaced since these can end up costing more in repair and maintenance fees than you may expect. The upfront price of a new air conditioner is well worth the investment since you’ll save money as the years pass. 

Check Air Filters

Moving into a new home means you’re starting where the past residents left off. If they didn’t do a good job of keeping up with cleaning all parts of the HVAC system, particularly the filters, you may notice a musty smell and reduced air quality. Be sure to check the filters as soon as you have a chance. They play a huge role in keeping the air clean and free of allergens, so make sure the old ones have been replaced. Our team can lend you a hand. 

Install a Ductless System

Ductwork is a common problem. If you plan on renovating rooms or opening up space, you may want to install a ductless system, which can provide additional control over keeping your home comfortable. A few telltale signs that you should consider a ductless air conditioning system include uneven temperature distribution throughout the home, unusual amounts of dust and high energy bills. 

Consider Thermostat Placement

When you move into a new home, be sure to familiarize yourself with the thermostat. In some cases, it may not be installed in an optimal location. If the thermostat is near a window where it can be exposed to the sun, it may incorrectly read the surrounding air temperature as being higher than it actually is. This can lead to your AC running more often than it should, resulting in higher energy expenses and uncomfortably cold rooms. Our team can help you decide if the thermostat needs to be moved or replaced altogether. 

Clear Debris Around the Exterior

A common mistake homeowners make is attempting to hide the air conditioning unit using foliage and landscaping. This can lead to leaves and other debris getting into the unit, which can impact its efficiency, or worse, damage it. Be sure to regularly remove nearby debris to keep your AC clean, 

Call Van Drunen Today

If you recently moved into a new home, be sure to examine your HVAC system for quality and efficiency. Call Van Drunen today for professional assistance. 

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