What do new homeowners need to know about their air conditioner? 07/20/2018 As a first-time homebuyer, you’re just getting settled in your new home. There are likely a lot of items on your to-do list, from buying furniture to fixing the landscape. Owning your first home is exciting! Don’t let that excitement distract you from getting to know how all of the components in your home works—including your HVAC system. If you’re moving in during the hot, summer months, you’ll want to pay special attention to your air conditioner. This will help make sure you remain comfortable in your new home during the warmer temps. So, what should you be aware of? Identify Your System—Make sure you are aware of the make and model of your system. This should be labeled on the equipment itself. It will be helpful if you need to contact a professional for repair, routine maintenance or general challenges. Get to Know the Thermostat—When it comes to keeping indoor comfort and monitoring energy costs, your thermostat can be a great tool. Take the time to review your thermostat to understand where you can earn efficiencies—such as programmable thermostats that allow you to regulate the temperature even when you are gone. Find a Reputable HVAC Company—Routine maintenance is vital to making sure your air conditioner continues to run properly and find any issues before they become costlier to fix. Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie can provide you with the service that you need, and offer some tips on efficiency and how to enhance indoor air quality and home comfort. Don’t Forget Your Filter—Outside of routine maintenance, one of the best ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to replace the air filter. Air filters are usually located in the blower compartment of your furnace, in an attached filter case or in a wall-mounted return air grille. If you have any questions about your air conditioner or concerns about the air quality or comfort levels in your home, give Patterson & Stirling Inc a call at 814-833-5558 or book an appointment online. If the air conditioner in your space is older and not keeping up, we can show you the wide variety of air conditioners available and find one that meets your needs and budget. And if all you are looking for is routine maintenance, our team is here for you, too.