New Home? New Responsibility

The benefits of an HVAC inspection and maintenance for new home buyers

Is there anything better than buying a new home? The possibilities! A new beginning! Transforming a space into something that is truly yours. But with that new home comes responsibility – mainly the responsibility to ensure the structure is in order and no unpleasant surprises will arise.

New home buyers are always advised to get a complete inspection of the house to ensure they’re not investing in problems left behind by previous homeowners. Things like a bad foundation, poor construction or materials, a roof that needs replacing, or other issues that would be costly to repair. And it doesn’t stop there – the heating and cooling system of the home should also be given the same priority.

While home inspectors typically will check to see that the heat and air will turn on, it’s not enough to ensure additional costs are not in your future. You should ask for such information as the warranty, install date, and who the service provider has been. It’s also important to review any maintenance records of the system. This will give you a better idea of the condition of the unit.

Your Heating and Air Conditioning System is About Half of Your Energy Bill

According to Energy Star, around half of your yearly energy bill goes toward heating and cooling your home. So make sure the home’s heating and air-conditioning systems are in good working order so you will not spend more than you need on energy bills.

An HVAC inspection will reveal any problems that affect your new home’s energy efficiency.

Average Home Inspection Does Not Include Detailed HVAC Testing

Homebuyers assume that the home inspector has tested their heating and air conditioning equipment. But as I shared, that is not the case. Even if the air condition system appears to be functioning, there may be an underlying problem that the home inspector cannot see (such as a cracked heat exchanger). So, ask yourself, what is your peace of mind worth when buying a new home?

Here are a few things that an HVAC inspection should cover for heating and air conditioning in Wilmington, NC and throughout the Lower Cape Fear.

  • Heating and cooling systems: Over time, central air conditioners and heat pumps can wear out. If they’re not properly maintained, they wear out much faster. An HVAC inspection should ensure all systems are operating safely and at optimal performance. An efficient system will save money on energy consumption, as well.
  • Ductwork: Ductwork play an essential role in any forced-air heating and cooling system, as the duct system carries the heated or cooled air throughout a home. With the passage of time, it’s not uncommon for ductwork to have multiple air leaks, lack proper insulation, or simply be inefficiently designed. Poor and leaking ductwork can lead to significant energy loss in a home.
  • Bacteria growth: Bacteria can often be the result of a poorly maintained air conditioning system. It can also be difficult to remove if it gets bad enough. If bacteria gets into ductwork or around the indoor A/C coil, it can contaminate the household air and lead to health problems for home residents.
  • Ventilation: Without effective ventilation, dirty, stale, humid air will accumulate inside. Your HVAC inspector should check for adequate ventilation throughout the house, including the attic. Proper ventilation is needed for a healthy indoor environment.

It’s highly recommended that you get the HVAC system checked out by a separate licensed specialist. Home inspectors may or may not have the expertise to provide a thorough HVAC report. Why take that gamble?

To discuss scheduling an HVAC inspection for your home, whether the house itself is old or new, contact Salt Air Heating and Cooling. We provide superior HVAC services in Southeastern North Carolina, including HVAC inspections, system installations and furnace and AC repair.

An air conditioner can cost in the thousands while other appliances (like your oven and refrigerator) are much less costly. So, doesn’t it make sense to get your HVAC system checked out ahead of time to know what you’re getting into?