Energy Efficiency

How to Evaluate the HVAC System of the Home You're Planning on Buying

Aug 31, 2023

Are you in the process of buying a new home? While you might be focused on the home's features and amenities, it's important not to overlook the HVAC system. After all, heating and cooling make up a significant portion of your energy bill, so it's important to ensure that the HVAC system in the home you're buying is efficient, reliable, and in good condition. Here are a few things to look for when evaluating the HVAC system of the home you're planning on buying:

  1. Age: Find out how old the HVAC system is. Most HVAC systems last around 15-20 years, so if the system is approaching or beyond this age, it may need to be replaced soon.
  2. Efficiency: Ask about the system's SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating for the air conditioner and AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating for the furnace. These ratings indicate how efficient the system is and can give you an idea of what your energy bills might look like.
  3. Maintenance: Find out if the HVAC system has been regularly maintained and serviced. If it hasn't, there could be underlying issues that need to be addressed.
  4. Ductwork: Check the condition of the ductwork, which can impact the efficiency and effectiveness of the HVAC system.
  5. Noise: Turn on the HVAC system and listen for any unusual noises, which could indicate problems with the system.

By evaluating the HVAC system of the home you're planning on buying, you can ensure that you're making a smart investment and avoiding costly surprises down the road.

At Cooling Cloud HVAC, we offer HVAC inspections to help you make informed decisions about the homes you're considering buying. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.