There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a house, so it’s easy to overlook the HVAC system until after closing. Since heating and cooling account for about half of the average household’s yearly energy consumption, be sure to investigate these five factors in every home you’re considering.
Type of Equipment
The type of HVAC equipment in a home can impact how much energy is used to maintain comfort. If there’s a heat pump, for example, you’ll enjoy greater efficiency when it’s in cooling mode. However, if the unit only has built-in electric heat strips and no supplemental source like a boiler or gas furnace, you’ll face high electric bills when temperatures drop below freezing.
System Age and Condition
If a home’s HVAC components are reaching the end of their useful service life and haven’t had yearly professional maintenance, they’ll likely need replacement in the near future. While that’s not a reason to cross a home off your list, be sure to factor it in when deciding how much to offer.
When a home has newer, high-efficiency HVAC equipment that’s well maintained, you can expect to save on heating and cooling costs every year. If the equipment is Energy Star-certified as well, your overall consumption and costs can drop by up to 15 percent more.
Location of HVAC Units
Another key factor is placement of the HVAC components. The indoor unit should have ample space around it for ease of maintenance. Also, take note of whether the outdoor unit sits in direct sun all day, which can drive up your cooling costs, or where the noise of normal operation disrupts outdoor relaxation or sleep.
Energy Source for Heating
Before you begin looking at homes, check into the cost and availability of different energy sources, such as natural gas, heating oil and electricity. With that information in hand, you’ll have a better idea of whether you’ll need to upgrade a particular home’s heating equipment to keep operating costs reasonable.
If you’re buying a house in Monmouth County and need advice about HVAC systems, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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