When you’re looking to buy a new home, there are a lot of questions running through your mind. Is the house in a good neighborhood? How much are the property taxes? Are the bedrooms big enough to accommodate my kids as they get older and grow? As you’re getting answers to those things, there are also a few HVAC questions you should ask before buying a home — since the answers could affect your living costs and safety.
Is the HVAC System Properly Sized?
If the system is too small for the house, it will work harder and use more energy to heat or cool the home. If it’s too big, it will use more energy than necessary. Both of this issues end up costing you more in utilities and could make you consider choosing a different home with a better-sized system or installing a new one upon purchasing this home.
What is the HVAC System’s History?
Has it been in the house for a number a years and had several repairs? How often did the seller replace the air filters? Was it properly maintained? Is it brand new? Knowing the system’s history can help you not only determine if it will suit your needs, but, if it has seen its fair share of repair visits, you may also be able to negotiate a lower asking price on the house.
This next one is major.
Can You See the Pilot Light?
This is often overlooked but is an important question to ask when checking the condition of the HVAC system. If you the light is blue, it is fine. But if the light is orange or yellow, the system could have combustion problems that pose a risk of a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. If that’s the case, you’ll need to have a professional fix the issue.
How’s the Outdoor Unit?
If the home has an outdoor HVAC unit, inspect it make sure the condenser is level to the ground and not tilted, the blades are not obstructed by shrubbery or bent, no components are rusted or damaged, and the unit as a whole functions properly.
Before signing the dotted line and buying a home, ask a professional HVAC technician to inspect the house’s HVAC system to ensure it will function well and is safe for your family.
The experts at Air Treatment Company are always ready to help you with whatever HVAC services you need around Alexandria, VA. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.