It is frustrating to need work done to your HVAC system when the weather is at it’s peak. Learning as much as you can about HVAC systems prior to contacting a professional will help you choose the right company. Read on to find out more about the topic right now.
Before you call someone to help you fix your system, be sure to know what sort of system you have in place. Get information on the make and model, plus if you have information on the history of maintenance, that will help, too. Your contractor will appreciate this information.
When seeking a new contractor, ask loved ones for referrals. They’ll often have already had someone in for similar work and will know who to trust and who to avoid. If your family hasn’t used anyone, ask co-workers or other people you trust in your community for some references.
When a contractor gives you a list of references, be sure to make use of it. Call the people on the list and ask about the quality of the work, how closely they came to their quote and whether or not the work was completed according to the promised timeline.
If you want to save money once a new HVAC system is put in place, be sure to pick ENERGY STAR rated products to use. They are very energy efficient so your new system won’t cost you a ton when it comes to your utility bills every month, recouping some of your installation costs.
If you do have a good experience with a HVAC product or contractor, let others know. Go online and post a review so that people can easily find out who and what brands to trust. At the same time, you can check reviews online to learn more yourself about what’s available.
When you have an outdoor unit, be sure to keep all plants, flowers, shrubs and trees at least two feet from it. Anything that grows inside it, either above the ground or even roots beneath the soil, can block it up and cause it to break. Give it some breathing room.
Check to determine if the fan condenser on your HVAC system is equipped with oil ports, and if it is, be sure to lubricate every year. They generally have a rubber or metal cap on them. Chose SAE 20 oil, which has been proven to be the most effective.
The correct HVAC system should have sealed air ducts to minimize heating or cooling loss as air travels to different rooms. The heating or cooling requirements of different rooms in the home should be taken into consideration. There is no reason to increase energy usage by controlling the temperature in rooms that are used very little.
Don’t let the idea of hunting down an HVAC contractor intimidate you. However, armed with information, the process doesn’t have to be difficult. Hopefully you are now prepared to take all of this on so that you can work on this if you have problems in the future.