One of the most important mechanical aspects of your new home is the HVAC system. HVAC is the acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. This is the system that keeps your home comfortable throughout the year. When it goes down or isn’t working properly, you won’t be able to escape the extreme heat of summer or the bitter cold of winter. For a prospective homeowner, a comprehensive home inspection1 of this system could save you a huge chunk of money later to repair or replace a faulty system.
As a potential homeowner, you should be aware of the type of system you have, how old it is, and what you need to do to maintain it. Be aware that if your system goes down in the hottest or coldest times of the year, you may not be able to get a repair person right away as this is when they are busiest. When you get your home inspection done, request that the inspector takes a close look at this system so you will be informed of any problems you may face.
Types of Systems
Heaters can be forced-air or radiant. Do you have a heat pump or furnace? Does your system run on gas (propane in more rural areas) or electricity? Do you have central air conditioning or a swamp cooler? Ducted or ductless system? If you have central AC, is your system zoned so different rooms can be at different temperatures? Answers to these questions will direct how you maintain your system, how much upgrades and repairs can cost, and what future replacement is likely to involve. Learn what is normal for your system. Any strange smells or noises may indicate a problem that needs to be investigated.
Age of the System
Older AC units may run on R-22 refrigerant which is being phased out. You may still be able to get it recharged but the refrigerant is becoming more expensive as there is less of it available. Newer systems run on R410-A refrigerant which is more environmentally friendly. The lifespan of any system depends on how well it has been maintained. If you have an older system, replacing it may end up being more cost-effective. Learn more about HVAC units here.
Each of the different types of systems has its maintenance requirements. For a forced-air system, a monthly inspection of the filters is important so they can be changed if dirty. This helps your system run efficiently and improves your indoor air quality. This is especially important if you or your family members suffer from asthma or allergies. Swamp coolers need regular pad changes to prevent mold and wear, and seasonal start-up and shut down to keep lines from freezing over the winter. Find out what specific requirements your system involves.
Check the thermostat to see if you have a programable one. These are fairly easy to install and an inexpensive way to control your system. They can save you money over the long run by running your system more efficiently. Not heating or cooling at the same level when you are routinely away at work or at night if you like a cooler house to sleep in can make a big difference in comfort and cost.
Choosing a Home Inspector in Grand Junction, Co
It is important to find an inspector that will give you a detailed and thorough home inspection report. A home inspection by a licensed and insured inspector will help you find out what your specific requirements include and what kind of shape your system is in. Pro Home Inspections, LLC works hard to maintain our reputation as Grand Junction’s most thorough and trusted home inspectors. We are experienced in construction and finance and are certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. We are bonded, insured and will provide peace of mind in your investment. We value communication, accountability, honesty, and integrity. Give us a call to set up a home inspection for your most important purchase.