With all the things that are involved in choosing a new home, it’s easy to overlook features that aren’t right in front of you, including the heating and cooling system. Knowing what kind of HVAC system you’re getting is an important factor when looking at homes. An old or broken heating and/or cooling system could add extra expenses when moving.
When buying a home ask about the current HVAC system. Here are some things to find out:
What is the system type? Many homes in this area have furnaces, but some have heat pumps or boilers. The type of system in the home can effect your heating and energy usage bill. Furnaces can be fueled by natural gas, propane, oil or a different fuel. Find out what the system uses to help you better understand the maintenance it will need.
Ask about the efficiency or energy star rating. Typically newer systems run more efficiently than older systems if they are properly taken care of. Look for the energy star sticker to help determine efficiency. Ask about the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio also known as SEER. Higher efficiency systems sometimes have additional features to increase their energy efficiency, such as variable speed blower motors or fans.
Find out the age of the system. Routine maintenance can help a system run longer than an unmaintained system, but eventually they do need to be replaced. Some systems are at a higher risk for major repairs or replacement. Find some helpful tips for when to repair or replace your HVAC system here.
Check the warranty Many HVAC contractors provide a warranty for equipment they install. Skipping annual inspections and regular maintenance can void a warranty. Find out if the warranty is expired or voided by improper maintenance. If the warranty is expired or voided it is still important to have your system serviced. Service plans are available with D&R heating and Air and can help your HVAC system run as efficiently as possible.
What are the results of the last inspection? Diagnostic reports are created at the end of each inspection. You can request the last report to find out if there are any potential problems.