Sun, 10/15/2017 – 10:08 / By jon
HVAC Questions to Ask When Buying A Home
Deciding on buying a new house is indeed an exciting moment and yes, sometimes buying your dream house is considered as your greatest purchase or investment. However, you need to be aware of some essentials of the house before signing the papers. Otherwise, you may regret paying for something that would cost you more in the future. There are a lot of things to consider and adding HVAC questions to your list is a wise move. So before you start the house hunting, below are some smart questions you don’t want to miss out on asking.
How old is the HVAC system?
HVAC units usually last up to 10 – 15 years and with consistent checkup, its life can be extended. So if it breaks just right after you move in, then you should be prepared to spend the thousands of dollars it will cost to be replaced.
What is the status regarding its warranty?
After asking how old the HVAC system is, it’s also vital to put into consideration the system’s warranty. Most of the time, HVAC units fall under lifetime warranties, though they may be voided when a transfer of home ownership happens. Thus, having knowledge about the status of the current house’s HVAC system’s warranty can provide you at least some awareness and prepare you on the expenses that will cost you in case the system breaks down.
What kind of HVAC system does the house have?
It’s also wise to ask the kind of system the house has. You may want to ask if it’s an Energy Star. Some older HVAC systems that do not have an Energy Star rating increase your energy expenditures. Asking about the kind of system gives you a clear understanding on how to maintain the system, its efficiency, and how it fits the size of the house.
What were the results of the last HVAC Inspection?
This question addresses your concern about the quality of the HVAC system. Merely by asking for the recent results of the system’s evaluations, you will know any pre-existing HVAC complications and if those were resolved. This will surely give you an idea of how well the HVAC system was maintained through service.
What is the average monthly utility bill?
This gives you an idea on other home issues like insulation, air proofing, etc., as well as a rough estimate of how much budget it needs every month.
Your new home is indeed your investment, so is your HVAC system. It is safe to say that you need strategies to get a system that will last. Asking the above questions before buying a home will help you get a clear understanding about some potential problems that might cause you sudden expenses which could have been avoided. If you think you are unsure about the HVAC system’s condition, it would be best to seek an advice of an expert. To learn more, contact Absotemp at (248) 960-3100.