Keeping your home cool as the weather starts to warm up can be as critical as keeping it warm in the winter. If you live in the southern part of the US, you may have to deal with high temperatures and humidity that make your home uncomfortable, so residential cooling system maintenance is essential.
It is a good idea to have a basic check or inspection of your home's cooling system annually.
A well-maintained furnace should serve you for more than a decade. However, the life and efficiency of the unit also depend on the initial installation, and whether you have been maintaining it well. If you have had your furnace for over five years, it's possible its efficiency has gone down significantly. The challenge is to figure out whether the rating has gone down enough to warrant replacing the unit, or you can still repair it.
If you want to be able to effectively keep your home warm during the winter months, you will have to be prepared for some of the problems that your furnace system could encounter. However, you could be misled by some notions that are especially common when it comes to furnace issues.
Myth: A Furnace Malfunction Will Always Result In The System Failing To Produce Any Heat
While it can be common for some furnace problems to result in the system completely losing the ability to generate any heat at all, there are actually many issues that may only decrease the heat output of the system or even the furnace's ability to distribute the heat to the other areas of the home.
Even for people who enjoy the occasional DIY fix around their home, the idea of installing a brand-new air conditioning system all by themselves can be daunting. There's a significant investment of time—not just in installing it, but also in learning the right process. There's also the fear that something could go wrong during the air conditioning installation itself, which can cause irreparable damage to your home.
These fears are completely unfounded.
If you're in the market for a brand-new air conditioner, you most likely have your hands full trying to determine which one is right for your home. Whether you're looking for an expansion on your current system or a brand-new air conditioning installation throughout your house, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help make the right decision.
What's Your Budget?
Before you start to look at makes and models, you first need to decide what your overall budget is for a new air conditioner.