Buying your first house is one of the most exciting times in your life, and for good reason. The money that you spend each month is no longer going to a landlord; instead, it is an investment in your family’s future. Listed here are some tips for first-time homeowners that will help you keep your home comfortable and in great condition (and even save some money on cooling costs) for many years to come.
#1 – Check Doors and Windows
While it might seem simple enough, it’s important to make sure that you check all of the seals around windows and doors. Even the slightest gap can cause a significant waste of energy, particularly during the hot and humid Florida summer months. If possible, upgrade to insulated windows with double or even triple panes. This way, you can rest comfortably in the knowledge that your cooling dollars are being spent wisely.
#2 – Examine Pipes and Toilets
In the event that something goes wrong with your plumbing, you’ll be facing some potentially expensive repairs. Water leaks can be expensive enough on their own, but this is even truer whenever those leaks result in flooding within your home. It’s important to prevent leaks and clogs before they even start, so make sure that you look for things like leaky faucets and drain pipes as well as toilets that keep running well after they’ve been flushed. These simple things can save you a ton of money – and provide peace of mind.
#3 – Check and Re-Check Safety Devices
It’s important for you to keep your family safe, and that’s why smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are so important. You should take the time to inspect the ones that are installed in your home to make sure they are up-to-date and that they contain fresh batteries. Old devices that only detect smoke may not be as sensitive as some of the newer options, so consider upgrading. It’s important to have these detectors in kitchens and bedrooms and on each floor of a multi-level home. In fact, if you are considering a home security system, then these remotely-monitored devices may be available through your security company.
#4 – Check the Air Conditioner and Previous Service Records
Finally, it is important to have the air conditioner in your new home serviced prior to its first use. You will want to be certain that the unit has been properly maintained and that it is ready for operation. Ask the previous homeowners for records of HVAC maintenance if this is possible, and be sure to stay on top of that maintenance once you move in. Annual maintenance for your air conditioner can save you time and money by preventing costly repairs and improving its overall efficiency.
While buying your first house is an exciting endeavor, it’s important to make sure that everything is as it should be in order to prevent serious headaches and expensive repairs down the line. Remember to contact AND Services for all of your HVAC maintenance, repair, and replacement needs.