Just about to buy your first home? Or maybe you’re counting down the days until you move in. Well, congratulations on the milestone!
Here are 5 steps to take to make the transition a little smoother.
Make sure the utilities are on
Sure, it seems obvious, but it can be totally forgotten with all the other things on your mind. You want to be sure all utility is handled: that may even mean multiple phone calls or follow ups for your gas, water, electric, trash and possible sewer.
If you need to, come with your questions at closing so you can get answers then or immediately after. At the very least, be prepared to make these calls yourself so you can stay on top of the details.
Have a plan for your pets during and briefly after the move
Moving can be altogether frustrating and overwhelming for humans…but it’s just as stressful for pets! Consider coming up with a plan to have a family member or friend take care of them, when possible, as you move. This way, they don’t have to be so heavily involved—quite literally—in the moving process. Plus, it can be difficult to efficiently move and carry boxes if a pet is unintentionally in the way.
Once the commotion and all that comes with moving has slowed down a bit, then it can be a good time to re-introduce pets into the new home. You want to avoid any traumatic experience and you want to keep them feeling as safe as possible, especially as they start this new chapter with you.
Have a Greater Comfort tech inspect your HVAC
You want to be sure to have a professional come to your home as soon as possible to make sure air is moving through the home as it should be. (If this is right before you buy, know that many times we assume that a home inspector has examined and tested the heating and cooling equipment in the home we’re looking to buy. But don’t assume that he or she has done so—and in fact, even if they have, you need to determine if they are a qualified HVAC inspector or not!)
When the home is truly yours, give us a call for a thorough inspection of your system. Keep in mind that your heating and cooling system is one of the largest—if not the largest—investment that you will make in your home, so you want someone who does more than just look at the system.
Setup regular, ongoing HVAC maintenance with Greater Comfort
Regular maintenance and tune-ups aren’t just critical for maximum efficiency and for the extending the life of your system, but it’s also to keep you and your family safe.
Become as familiar as possible with your system so that you can keep track of your ongoing maintenance, not only for your warranty but also for the next potential home-owner. It’s hard to think of selling your home at this point, but you want to do everything you can now to be sure to maximize its value in the future.
Set up your programmable thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, be sure to ask us about your options when we come to see you.
You want to get a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your current heating and cooling system. Some also don’t have as many options as others. In some cases, you may want a smart thermostat which has even more options for your specific home.
Before actually programming the thermostat, be sure you do the following: Install your thermostat and ensure there are fresh batteries also installed. Choose the heating or cooling setting depending on the season.
Switch from automatic to manual so that you can program the settings A 7-day programming schedule is ideal if almost every day of the week has some variation for you. With a 7-day programming schedule, each day can be individually programmed to reflect the changes in your schedule, just as the name suggests. 5-1-1 programming is designed for people who have pretty recurring schedules Monday through Friday, and then an individual plan for Saturday and for Sunday. 5-2 programming, as you can imagine, is also built on a 5-day normal schedule, and then it treats the weekend with the same heating/cooling adjustments.
Then put a reminder in your calendar to check on the thermostat and to change the thermostat with each seasonal change. Taking the time to set up your programmable thermostat will help you have ultimate comfort and it will help you save energy, too.
Greater Comfort is Here for All Your HVAC Maintenance Needs
We’re here to help you with HVAC maintenance, repair, service, and install. With over 60 years of experience, our highly trained technicians bring our special brand of expertise and customer service to every job we perform.
Schedule service online or give us a call at 859-491-4915 for 24-hour emergency heating and AC repair and service.