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HVAC Buying Tips For First-Time Homeowners

Purchasing your first home is a whirlwind. It is exciting and can become overwhelming and chaotic. That’s why we here at Quality Degree, Inc. are here to remind you to not overlook the HVAC system within your potential new home.

HVAC systems account for nearly half of your energy costs and are the main source of your home comfort, so ensuring your new house is properly equipped is exceedingly important. Here’s what you need to know:

How Old Is The HVAC System?

Understanding the age of your heating and cooling system is essential. The average HVAC network lasts between 15 to 25 years. If the system in the home you are looking to purchase is nearing the end of its lifespan, you may encounter breakdowns or need a replacement soon. Factor the cost of a new system into your offer!

Find Out What Type Of HVAC System Is Installed

There are a myriad of different HVAC systems on the market. Knowing what type of heating and cooling network you have in your home, and how it is fueled, is imperative in understanding what it will cost to operate. Most homeowners will specify the category of HVAC system that is installed—ductless, heat pumps, central—and most utility companies have reported the historic averages for similarly sized homes in the area, so they can share with you as well. Not to mention, you’ll want to know if there are any additional features or technologies that can be paired with your current system in case you want to upgrade your comfort controls in the future.

Also, remember to check the energy rating, or the SEER rating, for your system. This will provide you with insight on system efficiency and eco-friendliness.

Check The Warranty

You want to ensure that the system warranty is transferable. Ask for the model number and serial number and contact the manufacturer to check that the systems’ maintenance agreement has not been voided.

Ask For The Most Recent Maintenance Report

Just as you do when you purchase a used car, you need to ask for the maintenance report on your HVAC system. This will provide you with the inspection information and any recent repairs that may cause potential problems in the future. You’ll want to gather these records for your ductwork as well to ensure they have been regularly cleaned throughout the years, as your indoor air quality can come into question.

For your HVAC inspection, repairs, or replacements, contact Quality Degree, Inc. at (610) 600-1108. We are here to ensure your new home has the comfort system you deserve.