Make sure HVAC keeps its cool
Kraeutler and his co-host Leslie Segrete share these tips
on getting the most out of your HVAC system:
|Picking your HVAC system: |
addition to the main unit itself, you also need to consider the circulatory system.
This would be the ducts or pipes that will be transporting the hot or cold air
throughout the house. This can be especially tricky with additions. If you live
in a region with cold winters, beware of running pipes over or through any unheated
areas, as they may freeze in the winter. Ductwork operates best -- and is easiest
to install -- when it runs in a straight line, as opposed to going around corners
the highest efficiency furnace you can afford, provided you plan to be in the
house long enough to make the investment worthwhile.|
commonly overlooked issue is maintenance. The system needs to be maintained regularly.
Nowadays we use fossil fuels that are basically dirty fuels. Just like your car
needs a regular tune-up, so does your HVAC system. Otherwise, your system will
not only run inefficiently, it can also be dangerous. You should have your system
inspected, cleaned and serviced (if needed) at least once a year. |
Leave it to the pros
While Kraeutler and Segrete are big fans of homeowners doing their own fix-it
projects whenever possible, they stress that HVAC installation, upgrades and repairs
should be left to the professionals. Modern furnaces and central air conditioning
units are computerized and complicated. Not to mention, you're dealing with risky
elements like electricity and natural gas.
isn't a do-it-yourself project," says Kraeutler. Obviously, the exception
is room-sized air conditioners, which you can install yourself (although it helps
to have someone else assist, as even the small units can be surprisingly heavy
and tricky to position in the window).
Note: Make sure you
have the proper electrical set-up for your air conditioner. A small unit can be
plugged into most outlets, provided no other big appliances are sharing the same
circuit. However, larger units may require their own dedicated circuit.