Well, a few things have changed over the last couple of months. On your first trip to Illinois to look for a house you found a home that we loved and made an offer. It had a new heating and cooling system that came with a HVAC certification service warranty, as well as a new roof. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, however, things have changed. Now you have decided to seize the opportunity and build your dream house. You are very excited by all the possibilities, and should be breaking ground in a couple of weeks.
On the kids’s winter break from school you decided to spend the days off in your new city and thought that you had booked a really nice hotel room. And while the lobby and the hallways to the room were spacious and impressive, once you got inside the room the hotel began to lose a little bit of its allure. The kids were thrilled with the upgrade to a suite and loved the fact that they would have their own separate bedroom, but you began to question the cleanliness of the space. When you returned from dinner after turning the air conditioner down before you left, you expected the room to at least be cool and comfortable. The second you stepped off the elevator to the fifth floor, however, you knew that all was not well.
Your fears were confirmed when you used your card key to open the door and were greeted with the bad news. The room was hot. Clearly, the heating and air conditioning service was not working. While your husband agreed to take the kids to the pool, you agreed to wait in the room until the HVAC repair person came to the room. The fact that the hotel had a team of dedicated HVAC certification workers was an indicator that this was a common problem.
Trying to find a positive, however, you took advantage of watching and asking questions, letting the technician know that you were in the process of building a new home. He, too, had built a home before, and during the 45 minutes it took to repair the unit, you made a lit of the recommendations he had for anyone who was building a new home. Although he was spending his time trying to fix the the valve for the cold water that was stuck, he was able to get it part way open. If you could give him another 40 minutes in the room he was certain he could get it working completely. You had appreciated his efforts to simplify his HVAC certification lingo, and texted your husband.
Not surprising, your husband said you could come watch the kids at the pool and he would come have his turn asking questions of the heating and air repair man that was a wealth of information. In fact, you know how your husband operates and before the room’s cooling unit is fixed you are certain that your husband will have exchanged phone numbers with his new friend, the HVAC certification expert
Consider some of the following information if you are thinking about repairing, upgrading, or repacing your current heating and cooling system:
- A new HVAC unit has an average lifespan between 12 and 15 years with proper maintenance.
- HVAC energy bills can be reduced by an average of 10% to 12% if proper attic ventilation is installed.
- Improper HVAC unit installation can increase a home’s energy costs by as much as 30%.
- A programmable thermostat can save a homeowner an average of $180 every year in energy costs. This means tha the savings will pay for the programmable thermostat in just a couple of years.
- The filter on an HVAC unit should be changed at least once every three months. Filter changes can easily be done by a home owner.
- Changing a HVAC filter regularly will help a home owner avoid allergens, dust, and dirt that would otherwise be circulated through the air in a home. Changing the filter as recommended not only saves expensive energy costs, it also keeps your family more healthy. Are you doing everything you can to make the most of your system?