Schedule Your Quote!

HVAC Checklist Before Buying a Home

When it comes to home buying, there are many things to consider before sealing the deal, but it is especially important to remember to check the status of the home’s heating and cooling system. Problems with an HVAC system and equipment could lead to costly repairs and fixes down the road. These issues can be avoided, however, by running through a short checklist before signing the contract to purchase the house (and the HVAC unit).

Determine the Age of our Unit
A quick evaluation of the age of a unit can tell you quite a bit. An older unit, while it may work fine at the moment, is bound to have a few problems and need repairs here and there. Check the age of your unit by looking for the label on the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner which will give the date of manufacture. If your system is reaching 15 years old, there is a good chance it will need replacing soon and won’t work for much longer. That date is something to take into account when considering the price of a home and anticipating future expenses.

Ask About Maintenance History
You should always ask who installed the HVAC system and who regularly services it to know who to get in touch with if you are to encounter problems with the systems. Working with reputable companies for maintenance on your systems gives you peace of mind that the job will be done right and well. Many companies will provide stickers of the history of the appliance to let you know the last time it was worked on and note any past

Ask About Energy Bills
As you consider the cost of homeownership, it is important to factor in the expense of energy bills. Your HVAC system plays a big part in this and can make a big difference in your wallet. Asking for the bills allows you to see what you will be paying and whether or not there may be an issue of a poorly sealed house or heating and cooling signals. The previous owner should be able to give you a good estimate, if not show you the bills themselves. Unexpectedly high bills are not something you want to be blindsided with after the purchase of a home, so make sure you ask the right questions on the front end. You are not just buying the structure of a home, but also the utilities as well.

Understand the System Rating
On most newer systems, there are energy-efficient ratings, known as the SEER rating, that will help you estimate how much the system will save you in costs each year.
SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating, ensures that the HVAC systems are safe, productive, and environmentally friendly. An HVAC unit with a high rating could cost more, you’ll see a decrease in overall utility costs due to the system’s conservation of energy efficiency. As you can see, understanding a home’s heating and cooling system can save you a lot of time and money down the road. Don’t underestimate the crucial role an HVAC plays in your potential new home! Follow this checklist, and give our professionals at Sewell a call today!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *