Important Tips for New Homeowners
Buying a home for the first time is a joyous occasion, and occasionally stressful. New homeowners tend to spend money right and left to furnish their new home – one thing it’s easy to forget about is the additional cost of HVAC repair and maintenance.
New homeowners need to know the basics of HVAC maintenance to ensure their equipment lasts long after purchasing a home. Douglas Cooling & Heating offers different preventative maintenance plans at affordable prices for any homeowner. Learn the facts and benefits of HVAC maintenance early and save yourself headaches in the future.
The Basics of HVAC Maintenance
Routine HVAC maintenance performed twice a year will keep you and your family healthy and comfortable throughout the year. Although different maintenance plans include certain features, the basics of what is performed are almost always the same. All of Douglas Cooling & Heating preventative maintenance plans include:
- Cleaning of the outdoor and indoor coil
- Inspection of the electrical components
- Checking the unit’s efficiency and ability to store an electrical charge
- Lubricating the motors and other components at risk for friction while operating
- Tightening all electrical connections
- Cleaning the burners
- Replacing the filter
- Checking the gas pressure
- Cleaning the drain line
- Checking pressure levels
- Checking the flue pipe and
- Vacuuming the air handler.
The differences between each HVAC maintenance plan offered by Douglas Cooling & Heating are:
- The discounts on repairs and new systems
- The diagnostic fee during normal hours and after hours
- Service and maintenance reminders
- After hours customer service and
- Whether or not Douglas Cooling & Heating Bucks are eligible.
The Importance of HVAC Maintenance
Your heating and cooling system is an expensive necessity in your home, which is why HVAC maintenance is extremely important. HVAC maintenance provides several benefits to your your family and your wallet, such as:
- Healthy Indoor Air Quality:
Keeping your heating and cooling system clean ensures the air filter will be inspected and replaced when necessary. During operation, the unit will collect dirt, dust, pollen and other debris coming in from outside and inside your home, removed by your tech during maintenance. A clean filter will prevent pollutants from escaping into your indoor air, keeping you and your family healthier every day.
- Fewer HVAC Repairs and Breakdowns:
A unit not maintained on a regular basis will exhibit more problems, which will turn into expensive repairs in the future. HVAC maintenance catches problems in your system early, allowing you to repair or replace parts according to your budget. Emergency HVAC repairs demand payment immediately to get your heating and cooling equipment operational within a short period of time. You might not have a budget prepared to cover the cost of a breakdown or malfunction.
- Lower Energy Bills:
Your heating and cooling system will operate more efficiently and smoothly when it is regularly cleaned and serviced. Signs of wear and tear are identified and fixed during an HVAC maintenance call. Without maintenance, the wear and tear on your unit from too much stress forces it to work harder, increasing the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home.
- Increased Lifespan:
By catching wear and tear issues, HVAC maintenance lengthens the lifespan of your heating and cooling unit. You won’t have to worry about buying a replacement or an upgraded HVAC system before you are financially ready. The small cost of a maintenance plan is nothing compared the cost of installing a new HVAC unit.
Buying a home is a major responsibility. Caring for the appliances accompanying a house is not to be taken lightly. Approach your new home and its contents with respect and a plan to keep everything running smoothly for years to come. Call Douglas Cooling & Heating to discuss the different HVAC maintenance plans available and which one would be right for you.