Moving into a new home is an exciting time, whether you’re a first time homeowner or an experienced hand. There’s always so much to do—moving your things in, getting organized, and meeting the neighbors to name just a few of the ten thousand and one items on your to-do list.
With all the hubbub, it’s understandably easy to forget about the HVAC system beyond the basics: “Does the heat work? Does the air conditioning work? All right, that’s all I need to know!”
If that statement sounds familiar, this is the post for you. In it, we’re going to discuss a handful of helpful, interesting, and money-saving tips for new homeowners in Colorado who want to get the most out of their HVAC systems.
Get to Know Your HVAC System a Little Better
Homes in Colorado aren’t all equipped with the same kind of heating and cooling systems, so it’s important you take the time to get to know yours and how it works. You probably know what kind of system you have (e.g., a heat pump vs. a boiler) but do you know how old it is? Do you know the efficiency rating? Do you know how to avoid voiding the warranty? Do you have a warranty?
These are the questions to ask. It might seem a little boring, but having some familiarity with your equipment will make DIY HVAC maintenance a lot easier. The efficiency rating is particularly important to investigate, since older systems typically aren’t as energy efficient as newer ones.
If you’re working with a system installed within the past 10 years or so, you’ll probably be fine—but if it’s older than that, you definitely might want to consider some upgrades or, at the very least, preventative maintenance to keep things chugging along as long as possible. Let’s talk about the latter in a little more detail:
Learn to Love Preventative Maintenance
As a homeowner, preventative maintenance is one of the biggest time and money savers you have, especially when it comes to your HVAC system. You can do a lot of maintenance tasks yourself, such as regularly changing your air filters every few months or removing debris from outdoor units.
The Denver area has relatively low humidity compared to other parts of the country, but if your HVAC system happens to have a humidifier component, you can still generally disable it during the summer. If the air feels too dry, opening the windows for a few hours in the morning can introduce some moisture to the air.
Finally, it can be worthwhile to clean your registers (the vents). Dust and debris can build up even in the cleanest of homes, so every few weeks run a damp cloth over them to make sure that your HVAC system isn’t working harder than it needs to and you’re getting optimal airflow throughout the house.
For more detailed DIY maintenance tips, energy savings ideas, and general ways to get the most out of your HVAC system, make sure to check out some of these other posts from the blog:
- Prevent Hot and Cold Spots With These Easy DIY Air Balancing Techniques
- Mythbusting: Why You Should Never Cover Your Roof Vents During Winter
- 7 Easy Ways Northern Colorado Residents Are Lowering Their Air Conditioning Bill This Summer
Before we wrap things up, let’s take a moment to talk about one of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system as a new homeowner in Colorado:
Every New Homeowner in Colorado Needs an Annual HVAC Inspection
One of the best things you can do to keep your HVAC system in good working order, and perhaps just as importantly, prevent more expensive maintenance and repairs later, is to get an annual HVAC maintenance service.
During an annual service, professional HVAC technicians will go over your HVAC system with a fine tooth comb, performing tasks like voltage tests, lubrication of moving parts, inspecting for blockages, testing safety controls, inspecting the blower components, measuring refrigerant temperature, and much more.
If anything does happen to be wrong (or might become a problem in the near future), your technician will discover the problem before it can potentially cause damage to other parts of your HVAC system—which can save you a bundle.
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To all new homeowners, welcome to Colorado! We look forward to serving you.