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5 Tips for evaluating an HVAC System

Dec 1

5 Tips for evaluating an HVAC System

HVAC systems are often the most expensive in a home. This is why it is important to start your research right away if you're looking to buy a home.


It is dangerous to underestimate the importance of your home's cooling and heating systems.


You want to make sure your home comfort systems work on the coldest, hottest days of each year. However, you also want them to last a long time.


First and foremost: What type of HVAC system is yours?


Are you familiar with the type of HVAC system that you have? Are you aware of what type of HVAC system it is?


Is it air compressed, water compressed, hybrid, steam geothermal, or some other type?


It is possible to have your heating and cooling systems powered by:


  • The efficiency of your system, as well as the type of fuel, will impact the cost of heating and cooling.


  • It is important to learn as much information about the equipment you are buying. A furnace's HVAC system might seem intimidating because it has so many components.


Tip #2. Examine the HVAC System’s Age


All cooling and heating systems within a home need to be serviced once per year. A failure to do so could cause them to end their service life prematurely and abruptly. This can happen on the warmest and the coldest days.


Systems older than ten yrs may be approaching the end of their useful life. This is especially true if they've not been properly maintained. A well-maintained computer system can last many years.


Are you unsure where to start?


Is the system showing any of the Signs of Heating and Cooling System Fault, such as metal fatigue and rust?

If you answered yes, there is cause for concern. You can get a second opinion by having a home inspection. But they are not as thorough as an HVAC check.


It is important to remember that home inspections require a lot of visual inspections. This means that your inspection will be primarily visual. A home inspector cannot fully inspect the cooling and heating systems. You should also have an HVAC inspection.

Tip #3 Keep an eye out to label.


The HVAC system will usually have a label that indicates the HVAC unit's efficiency. You should be able to identify the equipment and fuel type required to run them.

This information is useful in determining the age of the system.


Tip #4- Keep track of utility bills and maintenance records.


Part of installing an air conditioner is being a technician. To function effectively, your HVAC system requires regular maintenance. If you want to buy a house, make sure you find out when the equipment was last maintained.

Seek out a job order or notes from an earlier inspection. Some HVAC firms will add their initials to equipment. It is important to keep your older HVAC systems in good condition by performing regular maintenance.


If you're receiving the same service repeatedly, it could indicate bigger repairs or even a replacement.


Tip #5- Examining Rooms


Don't let first-time homeowner excitement stop you from evaluating how comfortable each space feels. Are any of the rooms draughty, suffocating, etc? Is the temperature too high or too low outside? Is it warmer or cooler? Three out of the four homes have conditioned water seeping through their ductwork. This causes excessive energy bills and humidification issues.


Equipment that is not right-sized or too small can pose a problem. These issues should be addressed as early as possible in the home-buying journey.

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