If you’re hoping to a buy a home in the near future, there are many things you’re looking for in a new house. You may want an updated kitchen or a large master bedroom, but what about the HVAC system? With most of the heating and cooling systems out of sight behind the walls and under the floors, you might not give much thought to the furnace or air conditioner. However, if you want to be comfortable in your new home, it’s important that it’s warm enough or cool enough, depending on the season. At Enix Mechanical in Las Vegas, we’ve helped many new homeowners get their HVAC systems in shape, but there are some questions you should always ask when looking to buy a home.
How Old is the HVAC System?
This is perhaps the most important question you can ask regarding the HVAC system. Knowing how old the system is can give you a good idea when repair or replacement will be necessary. If the system is older than 15 to 20 years, make sure the current homeowner has kept it properly maintained and serviced. The last thing you want is for the air conditioner to go out during your first night in the house. If the current homeowner plans on replacing the furnace or air conditioner before the sale is finalized, it’s okay to ask questions about what type of system they’re choosing. After all, you’re the one who will have to maintain it for the foreseeable future.
How Much Are the Monthly Energy Bills?
If the heating and cooling systems are in good shape, and there are no plans to replace them before you move in, it can be beneficial to ask how much the monthly energy bills are. Hopefully you’re calculating the costs of living in your new home, and if the utility bills are astronomical each month, it might be smart to put a little more aside each month. It can also be beneficial to think about updating the HVAC systems to run more efficiently, which will save you more each month.
Who Installed the HVAC System?
If you’ve lived in the area for some time, you most likely know or have heard about the HVAC providers who work on local homes. Every HVAC company has a reputation, and it can beneficial to ask who installed your potential new home’s heating and cooling. If shortcuts were taken or repairs not done properly, it could mean hefty maintenance bills for you in the future. If the home inspection has been completed, ask to see the final report from the inspector.
Buying a new home can be an exciting and stressful time, and that stress can rise exponentially if there are problems with the HVAC systems or ductwork. Be sure to ask lots of questions and if there are issues, be upfront about how they’re going to be addressed. If there are issues that arise after you move in, contact Enix Mechanical right away for expert residential service.
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