Monday, March 16, 2020

HVAC Questions to Ask When Buying a New Home

There is a lot to ask when you consider buying a new home. However, don’t forget, you also need to pay close attention to the HVAC as well. After all, it plays a crucial role in your daily life! So, what should you be asking about regarding HVAC - you ask? Well, continue reading for exactly what you need to consider in terms of HVAC when looking at a potential new home.

What kind of system is installed?

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to heating and cooling. Most people like central heating and air because it is simple. However, some may prefer ductless systems, even though they do not accommodate a high-efficiency air cleaner or humidifier. You will want to do your research on whatever system is installed in the home as it may not be as energy efficient as you would like it to be. 

How old is the heating and cooling system?
Both AC units and furnaces last between 10 to 15 years. This means if you buy a house with a 15-year-old furnace, you may be looking at a few thousand dollars spent replacing it within the next few years. Furthermore, older models also mean higher utility bills.

What is the energy rating?
Your HVAC will count for a huge portion of your energy bills. As such, you will want to make sure you aren't buying a money pit. So, be sure to inquire about the seasonal energy efficiency of the air conditioner and the annual fuel utilization efficiency of the furnace. The seasonal rating should be between 13 and 25 and the annual fuel efficiency should be at least 92% or above.

Can I see the maintenance records?
This will throw most people for a loop, but it can be helpful when considering buying a home with an older HVAC system. If it has had its yearly maintenance, the system will be in much better shape compared to a system with a spotty maintenance record. It means the appliances may run better and longer. You will also be able to see if any major HVAC repairs have been made.

For over 65 years, Kent Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing superior home comfort solutions including repair, maintenance, and installation of heating and air conditioning systems. You can count on us to help keep your HVAC system running safely and efficiently. Contact us today with any HVAC service needs and/or questions that you may have!