Your first home is a major milestone in your life. If you’ve recently moved into your first home after months of saving, searching, and navigating the complexities of the real estate market, please accept our sincere congratulations!
As you settle in and get used to the responsibilities of being a new homeowner, we hope that you’ll take a moment to learn more about your HVAC system and the steps you can take to ensure that it functions at its best throughout the year. We’ve listed a few of the most common HVAC-related mistakes new homeowners make below, and we hope that you’ll find them helpful in the coming weeks and months. If you have any questions or need to speak with someone from an HVAC company you can trust, just contact the Comfort Pros Heating and Cooling team!
If You’ve Recently Purchased a Home, Don’t…
Forget to Change the Furnace Filter
Most landlords and leasing companies are responsible for maintenance-related tasks, including regular filter changes. If you lived in a rental home, you might have experience with changing your furnace’s filter. However, the majority of renters haven’t had to do this task on their own and will often let a filter go for months or, in some cases, years.
Your filter is designed to keep the air that flows into your home clean and should be changed approximately every three months. If you have animals or allergy-sensitive people under your roof, you may want to consider changing it sooner.
Keep the Stock Thermostat
If your home was built recently, then it might have a smart thermostat. In most cases, however, your home’s thermostat is likely a few years old and isn’t as efficient as it could be. Replacing your thermostat with an energy-saving model is a great way to shave money off of your monthly utility bills, and it’s also a great way to lower the long-term wear and tear on your HVAC system. As you’ll learn in more detail below, you’ll want to make sure that you have a professional handle the installation!
Try to Fix Things on Your Own
As a new homeowner, it can be tempting to try to learn how to handle every little problem that comes your way. There are plenty of online video tutorials covering everything from plumbing leaks to gutter cleaning, but we recommend leaving all of your HVAC maintenance issues to the professionals. Your furnace and AC unit are complex systems that require an expert’s knowledge and experience. Taking on a $100 repair yourself can easily turn into a $400 project if something goes wrong, so always call your local HVAC company to ensure that your system is fixed properly.
Skip Annual HVAC Maintenance
It can be tempting to skip HVAC maintenance if everything seems to be working fine, especially when you have other costs of owning a home piling up. However, you should think about annual HVAC maintenance like an oil change for your vehicle — an investment now saves you money later. Malfunctions can occur between seasons and it’s good to have a general understanding of when you might need major repairs. If you keep up with annual maintenance, you’ll have an understanding of what you need to save for and when to start saving.
Skimp on Savings
And speaking of saving, it’s always a good idea to set aside some money each month for unexpected expenses. From car repairs and plumbing problems to appliance breakdowns and HVAC issues, new homeowners can face uncomfortable financial decisions when bills come due and they haven’t made room in the budget. If it turns out that you don’t need HVAC repairs during a given year, you’ll be able to roll all of the savings you set aside for your HVAC system to the next year. When you do eventually need an AC installation or major furnace repairs, you’ll be happy to have a reserve of funds set aside.
Choose the First HVAC Company You Find
If your air conditioner stops working on a hot summer day or you wake up freezing in the middle of the night due to a problem with your furnace, it’s understandable to call the first HVAC company you find online. However, the first company you come across might not be the best team for the job. Do your research before you need someone to come to your home, even if you won’t need HVAC maintenance for another few months. It’s important to understand your options and feel confident about the company you’ll choose when it’s time to get on the phone.
If you call Comfort Pros Heating and Cooling for any of your HVAC-related needs, you can count on exceptional customer service, affordable pricing, flexible financing options, and help that’s tailored to you and your family’s needs.
Contact Comfort Pros Heating and Cooling
Owning your first home is an extremely exciting time in your life. While it can feel stressful to manage new responsibilities and take ownership of your entire property, knowing how to approach the inevitable problems that come with homeownership can help you feel more empowered and confident.
Whether you’ve recently moved into a newly built home or a pre-owned property, Comfort Pros Heating and Cooling is your Top Rated Local® HVAC company here to help with anything from furnace and air conditioning repairs to general maintenance.
Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to let us know how we can help.
We look forward to speaking with you!