5 Questions to Ask About HVAC Systems When Buying a New Home

Whether you’re purchasing your first home in Dallas-Fort Worth, or are no stranger to changing residencies, asking about the HVAC system is an important step in the purchasing process that is often ignored. Even if you are getting an official house inspection done, it’s important to ensure the following questions are answered.

1. Where Are The HVAC Systems Located?

While this question seems obvious, it’s important to know where each of the heating and cooling systems are located, as well as the total number of units on the property. Knowing this information is important for ongoing maintenance purposes, but can also give you a peek into what your monthly bills will look like depending on the number of units. Lastly, knowing the locations of all systems is very important for safety precautions.

2. How Old Is The Air Conditioning Unit, Furnace/Heater, and Window Units?

In order to start yourself off in your new home on the right foot, it’s important to know the approximate age of your heating and cooling systems so you can be sure to continue a regular preventative maintenance schedule at the appropriate times. If possible, see if you can get the dates of the last maintenance inspection so you can create automatic calendar alerts for when you need to schedule your next appointment.

Similarly, if the units are approaching 10-15 years of age, it may be time to get a new unit altogether. If you are dealing with an older unit, it would be a good idea to measure the energy efficiency output to make sure you’re not overpaying for an inefficient system.

3. Is The Thermostat Programmable?

This is an important thing to note, not only to avoid more costly bills each month, but also to see whether the previous owners have updated the HVAC recently. If the house’s HVAC is set by a mercury thermostat, that should raise some red flags, and you may need to investigate if anything else is outdated as well.

If the house has a programmable thermostat, adhering to thermostat best practices should help you maintain your home’s temperature a lot more efficiently by setting it to different temperatures automatically depending on the day and time.

4. What Is The Condition Of The Ducts?

Having dirty and clogged ducts can not only be an efficiency drain on your HVAC system, but also lead to poor indoor air quality. As air ducts are difficult to navigate and clean thoroughly, we recommend a professional handle that task for you. Max Mechanical offers duct cleaning services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – call today to see how we can help you.

5. What Insulation Is Used?

A commonly-overlooked issue, many homes in Dallas-Fort Worth do not have proper insulation which can cause costly increases to your monthly heating and cooling bills. Having correct insulation for your home is important for both winter and summer months, so be sure to have the quality of insulation inspected before you purchase a home.

Being well-versed in the condition and layout of the HVAC system while looking at prospective houses can save you a lot of time money and time down the line, as well as assist you in determining a fair purchase price. If you are selling your home, be sure to anticipate these questions – if you aren’t sure of the condition of your HVAC system, air ducts, insulation or thermostat, call Max Mechanical to schedule a service visit!

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