Frequently Asked HVAC Questions for New Homeowners

Frequently asked HVAC questions for new homeownersCongratulations, new homeowners!  You’ve purchased your first home.  Once the celebratory champagne is gone and the boxes are unpacked, you may realize that you have some (ok, a lot of) questions.

Home ownership is one of the first times that many people will find themselves responsible for their own HVAC equipment and the maintenance and costs associated with it.  On top of all of the tasks that comes with being a new homeowner, it can all seem slightly overwhelming.

To help make things a little bit easier, here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about heating and cooling.

Frequently Asked HVAC Questions for New Homeowners

1. How much does it actually cost to heat or cool my home?

This is a big question, and as you can imagine, it’s not a one answer fits all.  The monthly costs associated with heating and cooling your home will depend on its size and age, as well as the size, age, and efficiency levels of the furnace and air conditioner.  Basic things like installing and using a programmable thermostat and keeping door/windows closed can all help to keep those costs down.

In order to figure out your monthly budget, try speaking with homeowners of similar sized homes about their costs, or see if the previous owner is willing to share any information.

2. When should I change or clean my filter?

Every 3 months or so.  Possibly more often if you have a dog or cat in the home.  Wondering what kind of filter to get?  Click here.

3. Do I need to have the furnace or a/c inspected?

Yes, you should have each unit inspected every year.  These inspections help to keep the furnace and air conditioner running safely and efficiently.  Regular maintenance can also help to extend the life span of the unit.

4. Do I need a new furnace or air conditioner?

Furnaces and air conditioners often have a lifespan of around 14-20 years.  If the heating and cooling system in your new home is within that range, we would recommend consulting with a professional about your options.  That said, older units are less efficient.  So, even if the a/c or furnace is not yet on its last leg, you may still want to consider replacing it in order to increase the home’s energy efficiency.

If any more questions pop up about heating and cooling in your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical!

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