We've become so dependant on our home heating and cooling systems that we almost forget they exist - that is, until something goes wrong.
It's true; as homeowners we often take our heating and cooling equipment for granted until the furnace breaks in the dead of winter or the air conditioner jams up on the hottest day of the summer. You neglect your heating and cooling appliances at your own risk.
But air conditioners and furnaces are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to home heating and cooling. Your home's comfort level also depends on easy-to-forget equipment such as heat pumps, fireplaces, thermostats, humidifiers, ducts, exhaust fans and water heaters. If any of these breaks, you could be left with dry skin, cold showers and stagnant air in your home. When it comes to heating and cooling, there's a lot more to worry about than mere temperature.
Proper maintenance of your home heating and cooling systems is essential to home comfort.
Besides determining your comfort level, your home heating and cooling will also take up a big chunk of your household budget. By choosing the right equipment and accessories, and taking the time to properly maintain them, you could find yourself saving hundreds of dollars a year. Repairs to these systems can be costly and time consuming.
As fuel becomes more expensive, there are a number of heating and cooling alternatives coming to the market. You may find that a furnace and central air conditioner aren't the best way for you to maintain the comfort level in your home. Many families are rediscovering the value of a fireplace or ceiling fan.
Equipment and appliances aren't the only way to control the heating and cooling in your home. Whether you're moving into a brand new home or you're renovating a classic, pay attention to elements such as insulation, fireplaces and humidity control in order to help your furnace or air conditioner work less.
Whether you tend to notice or not, your heating and cooling systems are the heart of your home.