Home shoppers should consider having the HVAC system inspected before buying a home. Most home inspections focus on the roof and foundation because those are areas where costly damage could be lurking. Replacing an HVAC system right after buying a home is a major expense that can be avoided simply by having the unit inspected.
Higher Energy Efficiency
One of the things that a heating and cooling inspection does for you is that it shows you how efficient the HVAC system is at keeping the house warm or cool. The inspection should include an inspection of the duct work since bleed-out is a common problem with home energy efficiency. Bleed-out occurs when there are leaks in the duct system that shuttles warm or cool air to the rooms of the home. Bleed-out is a problem that costs a lot of money in wasted energy costs.
Health and Safety
While an HVAC technician is inspecting the ducts, he can look for mold, mildew or other debris buildup such as dust. All of these things lead to poor indoor air quality, which in turn leads to higher instances of allergies or even asthma. Checking the ducts for allergens lets you know immediately if the ducts need to be cleaned. Those kinds of costs can be offset by negotiating the buying price of the property.
Maintenance and Overall Condition
One of the first things that you want to know about an HVAC system in a home is what kind of shape the HVAC unit is in and what kind of expenses you should expect. If it is a newer system, has it been maintained? If it is an older system what kind of A/C repair work has been done? How old is the system? Having the answer to these kinds of questions allows you to make informed decisions about whether the price of the home is a good deal or not.
A quality HVAC inspector is able to quickly and affordably inspect the HVAC system and the duct work and then let you know the outcome of their inspection. Such inspections help to prevent unforeseen expenses and can ease your mind that the price of the property is fair.