What is an HVAC? While for many, this may seem like a silly question, this couldn’t be further from the truth. For many first-time homebuyers, sometimes even the simplest questions are the ones that need to be asked in order to fully understand your new home, the equipment within, as well as the repairs and maintenance that will be needed to maintain your new home.

While the official definition of an HVAC is simply:

“Heating, ventilation (or ventilating), and air conditioning: The right HVAC system can help regulate the environmental factors inside your home, like air quality, humidity, and temperature.” –Dictionary.com

HVAC systemUltimately, and simply speaking, your HVAC is the equipment that will help you control your homes temperature, whether that be with heating, cooling or a house fan. While some people think that an HVAC system is solely to help control the temperature within your home, it actually does much more than that. As mentioned in the description above, your system is also used to help regulate your air quality, which can have many great health benefits if maintained and serviced regularly.

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Many first-time home buyers are often under the assumption that an HVAC system is something extra or something that they’ll have to purchase and have installed after the close of escrow, however, this isn’t always the case. While not all homes are equipped with a full heating and cooling system, in general, an HVAC is an umbrella term and it often includes things such as heat pumps, ductwork, thermostats, furnaces etc. many of which are already installed and in use within homes. The most common thing that may be missing or may require post sale installation could be adding air conditioning to a heat only system.

Whether you’re hoping to have a brand-new HVAC system installed, need to have a system serviced, have ducts that are in need of cleaning, etc. when it comes to an HVAC system it is important to leave the work to the professionals unless you are trained in the field, otherwise, make sure to contact your local HVAC specialist to ensure your system is preforming at its best, without the risk of causing damage to your system during a DIY cleaning or repair.

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If you have any further questions regarding HVAC systems, need to speak to one of our team members, or would like to schedule an appointment for maintenance, inspection, or installation, please feel free to contact our office and we would be more than happy to assist you.


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