Buying your first home is not only a milestone in your life, but also an investment in your future. With the excitement involved in shopping for a first home, it is easy to neglect important factors, such as the home’s heating and cooling system. Most renters are not familiar with HVAC issues, which are usually managed by a landlord. However, failing to consider the HVAC system in your buying process can lead to costly outcomes. As a result, it is important to know what you’re getting into.

Important things to look for include:

System type: The system type and energy source will affect your future heating bills. Be sure to inquire about the system’s efficiency rating, as you’ll save more with a high-efficiency system.
System age: Most systems have a lifespan of about ten years. The older the system, the higher the chance of costly repairs or even a complete replacement.
Signs of damage: Be sure to look for signs of damage, such as rust, water marks and decay, and to listen for any strange noises coming from the system.
Bad ductwork: Look for signs of bad ductwork, such as loose connections, rust, and gaps between the duct connections. These can indicate an inefficient system.

If you happen to notice any signs of HVAC distress in your future dream home, make sure you request the results of the system’s last inspection, which can alert you of any potential problems. The system may still be under warranty to help cover the cost of repairs or part replacements. If the warranty has expired, don’t worry! You can ask your realtor to negotiate for a lower selling price.

Our staff is certified, up-to-date in HVAC heating, ventilation and air conditioning fields, and we’ve been trusted by homeowners for decades. Call us today at 1-800-989-0299 to discuss your needs or to set up an appointment.