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May 12, 2021

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Need-to-Know HVAC Advice for New Homeowners

Just bought a home? Congratulations!

Turning your new house into a home means making it feel like home—literally. So, while we’re sure you already have a ton of tasks on your to-do list, you’re going to want to add these two must-dos:

No. 1: Give our team a call! At Timo’s, we offer the full menu of heating and AC services to Palm Springs, CA, and surrounding areas. You can count on us to make your new place comfy as can be!

No. 2: Get to know your HVAC system. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a veteran, it’s crucial that you familiarize yourself with your new home’s HVAC system. Here’s what you need to know!

How Does Your Home Stay Comfy?

To start, you need to find out exactly how your home is heated and cooled. This includes the:

  1. Type of unit(s): Does your home have central AC or does it rely on a ductless unit to keep your space cool? What about for heating? Does it have a furnace or boiler?
  2. Fuel source: Do your comfort systems rely on electricity, oil, propane or natural gas?

What Are the Specifics of Your HVAC System?

Now that you know what type of system you have, it’s important you get to know it on a more personal level by identifying its:

  • Age: Knowing how old your system is will help you better prepare your budget for a replacement—whenever one may be required. As a general guideline, the average life expectancy of air conditioners and furnaces is 15 to 20 years. Boilers have a longer lifespan, averaging 20 to 35 years.
  • Efficiency rating: Look for your unit’s efficiency rating. For your air conditioner or heat pump, this is its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. For your furnace or boiler, this is its AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. The higher the number, the less energy it consumes to meet your comfort demands.
  • Warranty: Find out your unit’s warranty terms while paying attention to the actions that will void it.
  • Maintenance history: Did the previous homeowner stay on top of your unit’s annual maintenance requirements? If not, this will negatively affect your unit’s lifespan.

Want a Professional to Look at Your System?

Don’t wait until you need a heating or air conditioning repair in Palm Desert, CA, and beyond to give us a call! Whether you’re struggling to uncover information about your HVAC system or you’d like to have our pros thoroughly examine your system for any potential problems, we’re here to help in any way we can! Reach out to us today by filling out our online form or calling us at 760.475.9542!

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