This time of year ‘For Sale’ signs on front lawns are almost as common as freshly planted flower beds. According to Realtor.com, “Spring is usually the high season for housing…” With new houses popping up on the market left and right you may find yourself checking out websites such as Zillow and Redfin a little bit more frequently–even if you didn’t think you wanted to move.
The process of selling and buying and moving is a lot of work. When it comes to buying a home, before any i’s are dotted or t’s are crossed, an important step is the home inspection. While many inspectors spend hours doing a thorough look at the inner workings of your [almost] new home, the fact remains that home inspectors are usually not experts in all fields pertaining to your home. In addition to the home inspection, it is recommended to have a qualified technician perform an inspection on your heating and cooling system. Why?
The heating and cooling system may not be a glamorous element of a new house, but it is a vital one. The condition of the heating and cooling system can impact:
A heating and cooling system that doesn’t work properly can leave you shivering in January and sweltering in July. It’s best to find out the condition of the furnace and a/c before you really need to use it.
Older heating and cooling systems–especially those that were not well maintained–are much less efficient than newer models. This means higher monthly energy bills.
A furnace’s cracked heat exchanger can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, a potentially fatal disease. That’s why it is so important to have the furnace inspected for safety.
Furnaces and air conditioners are big investments. It’s better to discover any potential problems with them and discuss those with the seller than to wait until much later down the line.
Once you are all moved in, don’t forget to schedule annual maintenance inspections to keep your furnace and a/c running safely and efficiently!
Congratulations on your new home! Please contact us at Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical if you are interested in scheduling an HVAC inspection in addition to the home inspection.