You may not pay much attention to the HVAC system in your home until it stops working. When your HVAC system fails, suddenly you need to determine whether it can be fixed, or if it needs replacement, who to call and other issues. Selecting the best contractor to fix or install an HVAC need not be intimidating. The tips that follow will help you do that and much more!
Look for deals and rebates on the HVAC system you are having installed. Many ENERGY STAR units come with huge rebates either from your local utility company or the government itself. Investigate your options as it could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the installation costs.
When your contractor comes to fix your unit or install a new one, he should walk around your home and investigate what’s going on with your current set-up. They should be looking for how much insulation you have, where your windows are and what quality they are and more.
Be sure to get every quote or estimate in written form. You have no recourse on a verbal agreement, so a written contract is a must. This will allow you to follow up if something goes wrong or you don’t get what you were promised, protecting you from shady contractors.
As you notice the tress begin to lose their leaves, keep an eye on your outdoor condenser unit. Be sure to clean your fan grill frequently when trees nearby are shedding. Because the fan requires a clear path for air to enter, you may encounter issues with your system if the fan gets blocked up.
If you want to turn off your air conditioning at night to save money, consider putting a standing fan next to your bed. You can set it to oscillate from your toes to your head, blowing cool air over your body and letting you sleep comfortably all night long.
If you want to ensure your air conditioner offers you great performance, keep it dry. If it is located in a dry, cool area, you’ll find that the efficiency goes up and the unit lasts a long time. You can even buy a water vapor cooler to cool it as it is running.
Keep your condensers free of nearby obstructions. Keep plants, fencing, even bushes back and away from the unit. Two feet is a good minimum distance it should have from anything, including walls, but the more space you give it to breathe, the better it will work and the less likely it will be to fail.
Consider window air conditioners for your home if you are thinking about installing a central unit. Do you really need to cool your kitchen overnight? Do you have multiple floors with only one housing bedrooms? To efficiently and cheaply cool only where people are actually staying, window units are a great choice.
Now you should be better educated when it comes to HVAC systems. These suggestions should help you in understanding your unit and how to repair or replace it. Refer back to this article as necessary to make sure that you’re on the right track.