Moving into a new home is both an exciting and stressful time.
However, there are lots of aspects to consider during the process; both before you buy the home and after you move in. One task you should prioritize is evaluating the condition of the house’s HVAC system.
Below, we lay out the ultimate HVAC checklist for moving into a new home.
HVAC Tips for Homeowners: Before You Buy the House
Buying a home is a huge investment, so you deserve to know all about the property before you sign your name on the dotted line.
Take the time to do some of the following HVAC check-ups prior to buying.
1. Know Where the Units Are
Make sure you know where the units are located to ensure that they weren’t poorly installed.
For example, you should avoid properties with HVAC units installed in an attic. This is because these units often lead to leaks or other structural damage.
Additionally, remain cautious with outdoor units that are close to windows; air conditioner manufacturers generally recommend between 12 and 24 inches of clearance.
Another thing to look out for is gutters or water protection over the units. This is crucial, as you want as little water as possible to limit exposure.
2. Do Some Inspection
Regardless of your HVAC knowledge, you’re still capable of doing a visual assessment of the units! Look out for any of the following issues that may affect the function of the unit:
- Water stains
- Dents or cracks
- Missing parts
- Bad odors
It only takes a couple minutes, if not seconds, to notice any of these problems. Don’t hesitate to ask about any issues you see with the unit. It’s also a great idea to test the heat and AC while you’re there. Turn it on, let it run for a few minutes, and see how it works.
Take note of any suspicious sounds like hissing or “clashing” that could indicate any major problems. You want to do as much as you can to avoid buying a house with an HVAC system that’s shot, so this is a smart step.
Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
3. Look Over Previous Owner’s Maintenance and Records
Ask your real estate agent or the current homeowner if you can see some HVAC maintenance records. (It’s worth noting that it’s a red flag if they say no!)
First, check if there have been routine maintenance and check-ups done on the systems. Next, assess its efficiency and the whole cost of heating, cooling, and energy.
Lastly, check for any fluctuating power bills that may indicate common issues with the system.
HVAC Tips for Homeowners: After You Move In
Once you’ve completed all these steps and ensured that the HVAC system is working to your satisfaction, there are still a couple things you should consider doing once you move in.
This is to ensure the best possible HVAC system for your new home.
1. Review The Inspection Evaluation
Review the home inspection evaluation for any outstanding problems that need to be addressed. This information can be helpful; however, please note that not all inspectors are knowledgeable enough in HVAC equipment to give you an accurate assessment.
It’s more ideal to schedule a professional heating and cooling company (like us) to identify repairs or issues with your system!
2. Change Air Filters
You may be unaware of when the air filter was last replaced—especially if the house has been up for sale for a while with no one in it—so it’s best to replace it as soon as possible.
A new air filter will improve your HVAC system by providing clean air, eliminating dust accumulation, and reducing the risk of triggering allergies.
3. Find a Local HVAC Company and Schedule Any Necessary Repairs
Don’t attempt to perform any repairs yourself—you may run into trouble and end up paying more in the long run!
Leave it to an expert to not only handle the repairs your system needs, but to regularly come back and complete check-ups.
This is the best way to make sure your system continues to function properly and to keep your new home in great shape!
Want More HVAC Tips for Homeowners?
Supreme PHC is ready to work with you and answer any questions you have about your home’s HVAC system.
As a leading family-owned company for over 60 years in Terre Haute, we’re confident in our ability to repair any issues with your unit and provide you with a superior heating and cooling system!
Contact us today to schedule your appointment or simply ask any questions you may still have.