HVAC Questions You Need to Ask When Buying a New Home
How old is the heating & air conditioning system?
The average life expectancy of the typical heating & air conditioning system is between 8 and 12 years, according to multiple HVAC equipment manufacturers.
Permits. Permits. Permits.
Permits are always required to replace air conditioning and heating systems in North Carolina and South Carolina. Permits are public information and are easy to research through local municipality building standards websites. Make sure your potential new home had the proper HVAC system inspections if it was replaced.
Maintenance for any HVAC system is imperative.
Request any prior HVAC equipment maintenance documentation to see how well the system(s) have been maintained.
What is the home inspector excluding or not evaluating in the report?
Often home inspection reports exclude a thorough dive into the HVAC system. Carefully review the home inspector’s exclusion “fine print” on the report and consider having an HVAC expert delve into the HVAC system.
How old is the duct system?
Duct systems are often less of a focus than the HVAC equipment, but duct work is just as important, if not more. According to Energy Star, “In typical homes, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly installed ducts.” Duct work issues can result in poor comfort, contaminated indoor air, and drastically reduced energy efficiency. Consider having your duct work evaluated by an expert.
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