When you are buying a house, some of the first home features that catch your eye may be the roof, exterior cladding, interior design, and appliances. However, there are other systems, such as the HVAC system, that are out of sight and may not beckon your attention.
Read on to learn five essential HVAC considerations to remember when you are purchasing a home, and avoid HVAC repair or replacement headaches.
Type of Systems
Heat pumps are the HVAC system of choice for scores of homeowners in the Orlando area. Heat pumps deliver both home cooling and heating in one system. This feature means you don’t need to perform annual maintenance on two different systems, such as central air and furnace units require.
Age of Systems
The age of the HVAC systems are very telling in how many service years are left in them. Generally speaking, central air units last approximately 10 to 15 years and you may expect the typical heat pump to last 10 to 12 years. Furnaces may last 15 or more years with the lower demand for home heating in the Central Florida area.
The air ducts are a vital part of the HVAC system. If the air ducts are in disrepair or the wrong size, even the most efficient heat pump on the market will have problems. Ask your HVAC provider to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the air ducts, in addition to inspecting the cooling and heating units.
You wouldn’t want to buy a car that wasn’t serviced regularly. That’s just asking for headaches. Your HVAC system is no different. Ask to see the HVAC service and repair records so you know what you’re getting into.
Ask the real estate agent if the warranty on the HVAC system is valid and transferable. Additionally, contact the HVAC contractor that installed the unit and the manufacturer to ensure you won’t be stuck with the replacement bill if the system fails.
When you are buying a house in the Orlando area, learn the facts about HVAC systems by contacting Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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