When you own a home, there are many things you can do yourself but there are also items that are best left to the professionals. When it comes to heating and cooling, these common mistakes can lead to expensive problems in the future.
Mistakes you can avoid:
- Installing a new thermostat yourself. Replacing your thermostat with a programmable one can save you money on your energy bills, but doing it yourself could cost you more in the long run. Not all thermostats will work with all heating systems so it is important to pick a unit that will be compatible. This is especially true with heat pumps and many boiler systems. A trained technician can make sure it is wired correctly so your system works properly.
- Covering up odors with air fresheners. If you have an odor inside your home that won’t disappear, don’t try to hide it by masking it. Lingering odors or stale air are signs that there could be problems with your air quality. Having an air cleaner or a higher quality air filter installed will give you better results than air fresheners.
- Not having professional maintenance on your HVAC system. Neglecting to have preventive maintenance on your furnace and air conditioner can lead to costly repairs and reduced life expectancy. A properly maintained system also runs more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills. Annual maintenance will help you get the most out of your system and will fulfill the requirement of your equipment warranties.
- Purchasing a larger unit than you need. This mistake may be the most costly. Insisting on a larger unit assuming that bigger must be better will waste a lot of energy and lead some significant comfort issues. An oversized unit can cost a lot over the life of a furnace or air conditioner.
- Installing a furnace or air conditioner on your own. There is a reason municipalities require a permit and inspection after an HVAC installation. A mistake here can keep your HVAC system from working as efficiently as possible or even cause a dangerous situation for your family. Trained technicians understand how to properly adjust each element of the unit so it works correctly, safely and efficiently.
Knowing what maintenance items you should handle and what is best left to the professionals will save you time, money and frustration. Count on P.K. Wadsworth’s NATE certified technicians to help you get the most out of your HVAC system. Contact P.K. Wadsworth to schedule your next maintenance appointment today!
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