When looking at a new home, it’s probably the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and backyard you’re most interested in. It’s important not to overlook the home’s heating and cooling system, though. You should carefully look into this system as the home’s comfort depends on it.
Age of the System
Find out how old the heating and cooling system is. Furnaces generally last about 20 years if well-maintained, while air conditioners last around 15 years. If they’re around this age, you should ask that the system be replaced as a condition of the sale.
Look at the System
Look at the heating and cooling equipment to see if there are any troubling signs. Look for cracks, burnt areas, and other signs of damage. If there is a lot of dust and debris, that’s a sign the system has been neglected. Also, look at the thermostat to see how old it is and whether it meets your needs.
Hot and Cold Rooms
While walking around the home, pay attention to how comfortable each room is. A warning sign about the heating and cooling system is that some rooms are too hot or other rooms too cold—problems like this point to trouble with the ductwork or the heating and cooling equipment.
Look at the Energy Label
There are labels on heating and cooling equipment that indicate their efficiency rating. The ratings include AFUE, SEER, and HSPF. The higher the number, the more efficient the equipment is. Learn about what these ratings mean to determine how much you’ll be paying on energy bills.
Determine What the System Includes
There may be other things in the heating and cooling system you want, such as a dehumidifier, humidifier, or air purifier.
Baker Heating & Cooling in Surprise, AZ, can help you with heating and cooling systems in a new home. We install, repair, and tune-up furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners. We can also improve your home’s indoor air quality. Please call today to schedule an appointment.