If you’ve made an offer to buy a home, it likely contains an inspection contingency so you can identify any concerning issues before you close. During this due diligence period, it’s wise have a qualified professional perform an HVAC inspection in addition to having a routine home inspection done. This is essential because the HVAC system accounts for almost half of the average home’s energy consumption, and its condition also affects your comfort.
Having your HVAC system professionally evaluated can give you the answers to these important questions:
Is the System Well Maintained?
During an inspection, an HVAC professional can tell whether or not the heating and cooling system components have had preventive maintenance performed on a regular basis. If the system has been checked, tuned-up and cleaned regularly, you can expect it to perform more reliably and retain its efficiency.
How Old is the Equipment?
A pro can assess the HVAC equipment and tell you its approximate age, so you’ll know if it’s approaching the end of its useful lifespan and whether you’re likely to face a costly replacement in the near future.
How Efficient is the Equipment?
The efficiency of the existing equipment impacts how much you’ll pay for heating and cooling, so it’s helpful to have an HVAC specialist verify the efficiency rating. It’s important to keep in mind that the efficiency rating is only one factor to consider; the equipment’s age and whether it has been properly maintained over its lifetime also affect your operating costs going forward.
Have Efficiency-Boosting Updates Been Made?
In addition to assessing the individual components, an HVAC pro can question the seller and investigate whether any steps have been taken to improve the home’s overall heating and cooling efficiency. This can help you determine:
- If there’s adequate insulation installed on the attic floor.
- Whether the home’s exterior has been weatherized to reduce air leaks.
- If the ductwork is properly sealed and insulated.
- Whether the system is controlled by a programmable thermostat.
If you’re buying a home in the Coastal Bend and need an expert HVAC inspection, contact us today at CCAC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.
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