March 30, 2011
Taking the handyman approach and doing-it-yourself to save money can be a good idea from time to time, but when it comes to your home heating, cooling, and ventilation system, take note of these common mistakes to avoid more costly fixes in the future.
Mistakes To Avoid
- Purchasing a unit too large for your home. Of all mistakes a homeowner can make, this is the most common and often most costly. Choosing to purchase a unit from your local home improvement store or insisting on a larger unit (assuming bigger must be better) can result in wasting a lot of energy, and that can cost big over the long term.
- Installing a heating or cooling unit on your own. If you are unsure of your ability to properly install a new unit in your home, it’s best to rely on the experience of an expert. Certified HVAC technicians understand how to properly calibrate and balance each element of the unit, so it works correctly and efficiently.
- Bargain shopping for repairs. While it can pay off to shop around for the best price on other areas of home service repair, when it comes to repairs on your HVAC, it’s best to go with a company you can trust. If the job isn’t done correctly the first time, you end up spending more to fix the mistakes of the cheaper company.
- Not having your HVAC system professionally maintained. Neglecting to maintain your system can lead to costly repairs and inefficient performance. Regular professional maintenance will prolong the life of your system and help it remain reliable when you need it most.
- Risking repair over a needed replacement. To save money, many homeowners will choose to repair a unit when it should be replaced. In the long run, this short-term savings can end up costing you more with additional repairs and more frequent service, not to mention today’s energy efficient standards make a new unit even more economically beneficial.
- Masking odors with air fresheners and/or open windows. If you have an odor inside your home that won’t disappear, don’t try to hide it by masking it. If you notice unusual odors, or the air seems stuffy and stale, it could be your air quality. Installing air purifiers and air cleaners can help your HVAC system deliver fresher, cleaner air.
Do you have a need for repair? Contact Cool Today for a free estimate or schedule service online today.
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