Getting to Know the Guts of Your Home

There are some features of a home that many people don’t seem to consider when buying or selling a home. I like to think of these particular features of a house as the organs or guts that make the entire house function properly. Anyone shopping for a home needs to know where a few key organs of the house are − and why they are important. The point of knowing the where of these parts is not to make you an all-around master handyman; but knowing how to find them may help you recognize a problem.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Recognizing how to access your heating and cooling systems, as well as knowing a bit about how they work, is extremely important for a homeowner. If you’re like most first-time homeowners, you probably have no idea how to access your air conditioner or heater other than the control panel on the hallway wall.

There are quite a few different types of heating systems, but a commonality is that they usually require that a furnace or boiler be present in the house. Generally speaking, it should be in the same place as your air conditioning system.

Most central air conditioners have two components; one that is outside of the house on a slab of concrete (known as the condenser) and another that is usually mounted above the furnace (known as the evaporator).

Know the Guts of Your Home

Breaker Box

Water Heater

Water heaters are usually stuffed wherever they can most conveniently be placed at the time the house is built. This can be in the garage, in the bedroom closet, or even a closet dedicated to the water heater.

In the event that your water heater starts to leak, shut it off as soon as possible and attach a garden hose to the bottom valve. Put the other end of the hose outside or in a bathtub so that the tank may continue to drain without causing further damage.

Breaker Box or Fuse Panel

The breaker box is something that is crucial for anyone who owns a home to understand, especially in any areas prone to rough weather and earthquakes (which may cause power complications).

In this type of event, you should at least know where it is. In most homes, it is outside of the house in the garage; in some older ones, it is inside.

Regardless of where it is, you should make sure you have a working flashlight by it at all times in case you trip a breaker and you have to reset it.

While these tips won’t make you an instant fix-it-upper, they will make you more savvy about the inner workings of your home. They will also help you know what to address when something does go amiss in your home.

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Author Bio

Jason Wall is an HVAC technician with over 23 years of experience. His free time is usually spent watching a baseball game or spending time with his family. He writes for Griffith Energy Services.

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