Buying a home is expensive; there are down payments, closing fees, mortgage payments, taxes and general moving expenses. Many people spend a significant amount of their savings on purchasing a new home and have little left over for unexpected expenses. Ensure you don’t get stuck with an unforeseen cost like furnace replacement after moving in by making certain you have the proper information about the HVAC system before extending an offer.
Know the Type of HVAC System and Fuel Source Used
There are different ways to heat a home, like furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and geo-thermal applications. In addition, there are numerous different fuel sources, from natural gas and propane to oil or solar energy. Each combination of HVAC system and fuel source will give you various home comfort levels and efficiency. Making sure you know a home’s particular configuration will impact your well being and monthly bills.
Installation Date for Both the Heating and Cooling Systems
Most home comfort systems last an average of 10 years before air conditioner and furnace replacement is required. Ask the current homeowners or realtor for installation records to see when systems were put in and which company did the work. Knowing the installation date will give you a better idea of when both systems will have to be replaced.
Efficiency Ratings and Make/Model Reviews
When you’re inspecting the HVAC systems, check the labels on the sides of the equipment for the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) and SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings. These rating will indicate how efficient the heating and cooling systems are— the higher the AFUE and SEER rating, the more efficient the unit.
In addition, take note of the make and model of the HVAC systems and research the manufacturer after viewing the home. By taking this additional step, you’ll be better informed of problems associated with the home’s particular HVAC models and can see if others had to perform air conditioner or furnace replacement earlier than expected.
Warranties and Maintenance Records
HVAC warranties are important because they can save you money on expensive repairs. Ask the homeowner or realtor about coverage for both the heating and cooling system. Specifically make sure you know the following information:
- The terms and conditions of the manufacturer warranties and whether they are transferrable to a new homeowner.
- If there is additional coverage from the installing HVAC company and if those warranties can be transferred.
- If there are records to prove annual maintenance was performed by a licensed technician. Many warranties are voided if maintenance lapses on a system or if performed by anyone other than a professional.
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