The heating and cooling system in your home is one of the most complicated and critical features you need to pay attention to.  Just consider how much you spend on electricity and/or natural gas every month – he bulk of this expense is a result of keeping your house at the desired temperature for a comfortable life. These systems must work in concert with your doors, windows, insulation and roofing ventilation in order to operate at peak efficiency.

Because these systems are so complicated, proper maintenance is paramount to a comfortable environment.  Your filters need to be changed, your compressor charged, and occasionally the duct vents balanced.  A larger system does not necessarily mean that you get more heat or cold air – size matters as long as it is the right size.  Keeping the ducts clean will not only produce higher air quality for your family, but it will keep your furnace working in tip-top form.

Other features in your home can greatly impact how effective your heating and cooling system will perform.  If you have efficient gas fireplaces, they may easily warm up areas of your house that are inherently cool.  If you have window treatments over southern-exposure glass, those rooms may require less cooling.  A good contractor will not only install a great system, but also work within your lifestyle to balance air flow to the rooms that are most critical to your family.  Finally, never underestimate the power of a programmable thermostat and consider the high-tech convenient wi-fi enabled thermostats that you can control from your phone and that the contractor can monitor from their office.

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Adam's Helpful Hint:

You should plan on changing your air filter every 30 days – not just once each year. The cost of the filter is generally pretty low. I recommend buying 12 at a time, marking each with the month to install and put it in your calendar. If you aren’t sure what type or size of filter to buy, contact your contractor, the manufacturer of find out when you get an annual service check-up.

Adam Helfman

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