Buying a home for the first time is an exciting experience for anyone. One of the first systems to check for is the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. First-time home buyers are usually confused about which features to look for as there are so many. One of the most important features to remember is the home’s HVAC system. Here is an HVAC checklist to prepare for this task.
Age and ConditionFirst, know the age of your heating and cooling system as that usually determines its current condition. The age of 10 is considered old, according to HVAC experts, while the age of 20 is too old. It's rare for an HVAC system to continue working effectively after a certain age. The age tells you know when it's time for a replacement.
Type of InstallationThe type of HVAC installation mainly depends on the areas that need to be heated or cooled. Central all-air systems are designed to distribute air throughout the entire home. Extensive ductwork is required for this widespread distribution. Ductless aka mini-split systems do not require the installation of ducts. The air is distributed to one or more rooms. The indoor or outdoor units can be mounted to the wall, ceiling or the outside of the home. The ductless design is more portable and allows for the heating and cooling of individual zones.
Level of Energy EfficiencyMost HAC systems have energy efficiency ratings that are measured as seasonal energy efficiency ratios (SEER). A higher rating indicates a higher level of energy efficiency that translates into decreased energy bills. The SEER rating also indicates if the system is reliable and long lasting. A low rating means that the system consumes too much energy to work and may overheat, which increases the risks of fires.
Repair and Maintenance Needs
Check the repair and maintenance needs of the HVAC system that you plan to buy. Some heaters or air conditioners need more repairs than maintenance, meaning that you'll spend a lot of money on hiring an HVAC professional. You cannot ignore the importance of regular maintenance, even if the tasks seem small and insignificant. Annual maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in repairs each year.
Your heating and cooling system can take a big chunk out of your energy bill. You have to learn more about the system that you plan to inherit. At Ductworks Heating and Air Conditioning, we are here to help first time home buyers and check off items on their HVAC checklist. Contact our HVAC professional to see the types of repairs, installations and maintenance check ups we provide to local residents.