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The Ultimate New-Home HVAC Checklist

Buying a home is one of the most exciting financial decisions that you will make in your lifetime! Despite how exciting this process can be, we also understand that it can be nerve-racking and challenging at the same time. This bittersweet mix of emotions can easily take over and cause you to accidentally make some rookie mistakes that could have otherwise been avoided. First-time buyers need to be aware of potential problems, especially HVAC problems, that may develop along the way. Before you search for “heating and cooling near me in Ravenswood,” take this advice from our knowledgeable team at American Home Heating.

Here are some things that you should consider before purchasing your first home:
-the number of bedrooms
-the number of bathrooms
-overall square footage
-whether or not it has a garage
-the size of the yard and whether or not it is fenced
-the roof material and if/when it has ever been replaced
-electric works, plumbing works and how the HVAC system is set up

Experience Goes a Long Way

Just as you want to research potential car models before you pull the trigger, you’ll also want to do some research before you commit to a particular HVAC system in your potential new home. You’ll likely complete a walk-through of the house before you buy it, but just because the HVAC system is working then doesn’t mean that it’s in good shape. For all you know, the HVAC system could be on its last leg during the final walkthrough and end up causing you a significant chunk of money to fix. Make sure that you do the proper research beforehand to make sure that you are knowledgeable about the basics. Consider the following aspects of the HVAC system of your potential home.

How Old is the System?

A simple glance at the serial number can help you determine how old the system is. However, keep in mind that parts may have been updated along the way to help improve the system and further extend its lifespan. You can also inquire about the install date which will give you a good idea of exactly when the system became functional.

Ask About the Energy Rating

The last thing you want is to purchase a home with an HVAC system that sucks up copious amounts of energy. SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, should be labeled somewhere on the air conditioning unit and AFUE, Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency percentage should be noted on the furnace. The higher the number, the more efficiently the system is supposed to run. Take this number as a grain of salt and know that it shouldn’t be the only factor considered when determining the quality of your HVAC system.

Get Copies of Previous Bills

If you can, get copies of utility bills or an average utility cost to see how much you can expect to pay on a monthly basis. This will give you a ballpark number that you can factor into monthly costs, which can ultimately determine whether or not you can afford that particular home.

These are only a few examples of factors to consider when determining if the HVAC system is in good shape in your new home. This is a big decision, and our team at American Home Heating is happy to help provide our expertise in any way that we can! Don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.