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Do-It-Yourself Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace needs the proper maintenance to keep it running efficiently and to help ensure it lasts as long as it is designed to. However, hiring a professional to clean, oil and maintain this appliance can get costly. My name is Jeff and like many of you, I live on a very tight budget. I spent a lot of time researching various type of maintenance that I could do on my furnace myself to get it the maintenance it needed at a price that I could live with. I created this website to share my knowledge and experiences with others who wish to save some money on their furnace maintenance needs. I hope this proves helpful to you.

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Preparing Your Home For A New AC System

If you have finally decided to get a new air conditioning system in your home, then you should know that there are a few things that you ought to do in preparation for the AC system. Keep reading to learn about a few of them so you are all ready for the new system. 

Clean Your Ducts

If your old AC system was not functioning at its best, then there is a good chance that you have some debris that has accumulated in your ducts. When the new system starts blowing cool air into your home, then the dust will likely loosen and move through your vents and into your house. This can cause a whole slew of breathing problems, and it can lead to mold and mildew. Also, the dirt can make its way back into the new AC system. 

When dust collects in your air conditioner, bearings can seize and fans can malfunction. Also, the debris can cause a fault in the electrical system, creating a malfunction in the motor. And, when the coils become congested with dust, they will lose a great deal of their efficiency. These are all things that you want to avoid in a new system. Dirt and debris will also clog up your filter much more quickly, leading to a need for a replacement. 

Duct cleaning can be completed by your installation company and should be scheduled a few days to a few weeks before installation. At this time, a full inspection can also be completed to make sure that leaks in the ducts are not present. If they are, they can be sealed at this time to ensure cooling efficiency.

Make Sure Thermostats Are Working

When your air conditioning system is installed, HVAC professionals will make sure that they do a great deal of testing to ensure proper function. This process can be confusing and time consuming if the components already in your home are not already working correctly. This includes the thermostats, so check them out before the installation. If you have a heating system, then you can use this system to evaluate the thermostats.

You also want to make sure that there is a clear area where the HVAC contractor can access your fusebox, electrical wiring, outlets, and gas lines, depending on the type of unit that you are having installed. And, if an outside unit is being added, then you want to clear a place for this too.

If you want to know more about the types of things that you should be focusing on before a residential air conditioning installation, speak with an HVAC professional.