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Five Tips for Buying a New House: Checking the HVAC System

Nov 25

Five Tips for Buying a New House: Checking the HVAC System

Cleveland HVAC Contractors will assist you if you buy a new house in your HVAC system.

Everybody enjoys the excitement of buying a new home. There are many factors that go into making a purchase. You want to be able to afford a decent school, good services, and all the other features that you desire in a home. This is why the HVAC Cleveland oh system can be so overlooked. Here are some guidelines to help you inspect the HVAC system of a house before making an offer.


  • A cost-benefit analysis is a quick and easy way to determine the value of your investment.

It is not something you want to do after buying a house. It's okay to have some money aside for such an event, but most homeowners don't have the funds to quickly pay off the down payment. Installing central air conditioners and furnaces could cost thousands of dollars. The mortgage can seem like a financial hardship when you do not have the funds to pay it off.


There are many exceptions to the general rule. Sometimes you might find amazing deals on older properties. Even if you have to replace an HVAC system in an older property, a correct purchase price can help you save money. You can compare the home's worth to the costs of upgrading the HVAC system to decide if it is worth it.


  • The HVAC System: Take a look

If you are looking at potential properties, be sure to inspect the HVAC system. Any unusual sound, such as hissing or clanging can indicate a problem. Check the HVAC equipment regularly for water stains and cracks.

Ask the homeowners about their HVAC maintenance records. If they've been keeping up with their annual maintenance appointments, they should be able to produce the paperwork easily.

HVAC systems that are older than ten or 15 years are due for replacement. If an older system is present, you can negotiate a discount on the home's price. Once you move into your home, you will have more flexibility in scheduling an HVAC replacement.


  • Examine the ductwork

Apart from the HVAC unit, you will want to inspect the ducting throughout the home to ensure it is in good order. Check for dampness and lose connections. If the ducts appear too dusty it is likely that the homeowner hasn't been following up on their half of the maintenance agreement. This could indicate that your HVAC system should be upgraded once you move in.

You are lucky if the homeowner invested in indoor air quality accessories like an air purifier and whole-house dehumidifier. You will have to spend money on duct cleaning after you purchase the house in order to improve ventilation.


  • Get in touch about insulation

Insulation is also an important consideration. Talk to the homeowner about the type and date of the insulation. Insulation will settle over time. In the event that insulation isn’t updated, it could lead to leaks and draughts. Draughty rooms make it harder to heat and cool the house. In this case, HVAC systems may need to work harder which can result in higher energy bills.


  • Take into account the refrigerant used.

R-22 is a refrigerant that has been banned by Environmental Protection Agency. However, it can still be used in older HVAC systems (EPA). R-22 is still available in some homes, though you may find it difficult to locate a reliable supply. R-22 will no longer be allowed to be created after 2020. You'll need to replace the HVAC system or modify it to make R-22 safer.


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