If you just bought a new home, this is for you, especially first-time home buyers. For those of you who’ve never owned or cared for your own cooling system, there’s some important information you should know. Whether you moved into a home with an existing air conditioning system or you need one installed, you want to ensure you know what to buy and how to care for it. These tips will inform you about buying and maintaining a home cooling system.
Tips to Maintain Your Cooling System
Change the Filters Regularly
Check and replace the air filters regularly, ideally every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter. You might be able to find the instructions in a manual around your HVAC system, otherwise, you can look it up online or call us for advice. Clean filters allow for better airflow and help prevent dust and debris from clogging the system.
Keep the Area Around the Unit Clean
Keep the indoor and outdoor units clean and free of clutter. Trim vegetation around the outside unit and remove anything that could obstruct the airflow. Do the same inside. Make sure the area around your HVAC equipment is uncluttered, allowing for the necessary clearance for your system to run optimally. Don’t store dangerous or toxic chemicals near it.
Keep an Eye on Energy Bills
Monitor your energy bills. This will inform you as to your cooling system’s energy consumption. If you notice a significant increase in energy bills, it might indicate a problem that requires attention.
Seal & Insulate
Seal all air leaks, as well as gaps and cracks with weatherstripping or caulk. This will help retain cooled air and reduce strain on your cooling system. Additionally, make sure your new home is insulated properly so you don’t lose cool air or have warm air leaking in.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
Stay on top of regular maintenance. Schedule annual maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician. They will inspect and tune up your cooling system, identifying and fixing any potential issues before they escalate. Even better, get a Harding Club Membership so you never have to worry.
Buying a New Cooling System
If you’re a new homeowner in need of a new air conditioner or an upgrade to the house’s existing cooling system, read these tips.
Assess Your Needs
Before buying a new cooling system, make sure you understand your specific cooling requirements. Think about the size of your home, the number of rooms that need cooling, and your local climate. This will help you determine the appropriate cooling capacity and type of system that best fits your needs.
Consider Energy Efficiency
To save money on energy consumption and lower your carbon footprint, opt for an energy-efficient cooling system. Look for systems with high SEER/SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, as they indicate better energy efficiency.
Do Your Research
There are various types of cooling systems available, such as central air conditioners, ductless mini-split systems, and heat pumps. While a certified HVAC technician can advise you, you should still research the pros and cons of each system.
Check for Rebates & Incentives
Look into rebates and incentives for purchasing energy-efficient cooling systems. For example, the Canadian Government and Enbridge Gas are currently offering grants and rebates to help homeowners save on the installation of heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.
Get Professional Guidance
Always, always, always seek professional guidance when investing in a new cooling system. It’s a big investment and you want the best for your situation. A certified professional will conduct a thorough assessment of your home’s cooling needs and recommend the best system for your specific situation.
Team Harding for AC Installation, Maintenance & Repair
New homeowners in the Ottawa area can call Team Harding for all their cooling service needs. We’re a trusted support, supplier and service provider when it comes to your home’s HVAC systems. We offer professional advice and support to help you select the right system for your home, maintenance services and repairs.
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