Buying a new home is a massive investment, and you’d want to get the most out of it. To make a more informed decision when making a purchase, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the home’s HVAC system. This doesn’t just ensure your comfort and safety in your new home, but it also protects your investment. If you’re interested in tips for checking an HVAC system when buying a new home, read on!
Whether you’re buying or selling, an HVAC system can easily cost you thousands of dollars if you don’t carefully inspect it first. If you want to do it in a way that saves you time and money, we’re here to help!
1. Check the list of the HVAC equipment in the house you’re interested in buying.
Ideally, each HVAC equipment has been well maintained, and its components updated diligently. Visually inspect the equipment and look for rust, dents, cracks, leaks, and any indication of physical damage. Don’t forget to ask about the system’s age, and maintenance history.
HVAC systems last about 15 to 20 years, give or take, but if they’re well maintained, it’s likely they’ll be in good shape. They’ll also last longer.
If the home has older, poorly maintained HVAC units, you can try negotiating for a discount on the price of the home.
It’s also smart to weigh the value of the home vs HVAC upgrade costs to see if it still makes sense, financially, to go ahead with the purchase.
2. Look at the ENERGY STAR rating to assess the efficiency of the system.
The efficiency of the heating and cooling systems impact not only the estimated operating costs, but also the lifespan of the equipment.
For air conditioners, check the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. Check the AFUE or annual fuel fertilization efficiency of boilers and furnaces. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit is. This means the more you get to save in the long run.
Newer models with high SEER and AFUE ratings are generally more efficient, cost-saving systems. Still, you may check previous utility bills. Unusually high bills can be a sign that the HVAC system isn’t efficient, or the home isn’t well insulated.
3. Inspect the ductwork to make sure it’s in great condition.
Aside from signs of condensation, watch out for gaps or loose connections when you’re looking at the ductwork.
Ducts play an important role in carrying cool or warm air to keep the home comfortable. If it’s properly maintained, it won’t appear moldy or dusty.
Get the most out of the HVAC System in Your New Home
Contact Us to enlist the services of an experienced, knowledgeable HVAC technician. We can help you make a well-informed decision that truly takes into account your unique comfort requirements and personal preferences.
If you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home, you may schedule a tune-up so we can inspect, clean, and – if needed – repair your HVAC equipment. This way, your HVAC system is in its best shape when you’re ready to list your home.
Aside from HVAC inspections, we’re also available for installation, repair, and maintenance services. Scheduling an appointment online is simple and easy, and even more convenient if you download our app.