Your New Home HVAC

When shopping for your new home, there are many things to take into account. You might focus on a nice new kitchen (granite countertops!), perhaps a wonderful backyard, the amount of rooms, or if you are more concerned about the quality of life, you might look at your new home HVAC unit. See every house that you are buying is going to have an HVAC unit, and a new home HVAC unit that isn’t properly setup, or isn’t the proper size or style, will cost thousands to replace. When you see a new house, just as a potential kitchen or bathroom remodel must be considered, so too must the HVAC’s predicted lifespan, the quality of the vents and ducts, the seals on the doors and windows, and the insulation in the house be taken into account. The cost of these replacements could be so great, that it might exclude a house entirely.

One of the most important and expensive replacements in a home could be your new home HVAC unit. If in your shiny new home you have an outdated HVAC unit that is on its last leg, it could be an expensive and unwelcome surprise. Unlike your renting days, when you could just call the HVAC repair guys and the complex would take care of everything, it is all on you. So if you do not fully inspect your new home HVAC unit, it could cost you thousands to replace or repair. To prevent this, it is pivotal to inspect your new home HVAC unit before purchasing. Ask how old the unit is, look for signs of wear and tear such as rust, leaks, or bent fans. Listen to how hard the system works when it is turned on. Also, inspect the furnace for leaks and listen for loud popping or other problems. Get the appliance’s name and product number and contact General Air of Greenville South Carolina for personal inspection recommendations and a professional opinion.

The lifespan of your new home HVAC might mean nothing if the vents that are meant to carry the air around are faulty. Now, out of all the issues, this one is the easiest to solve in most cases, but it can be a nice indicator of the quality of the workmanship around the rest of the house. The air vents in your new home HVAC system are important, they allow cool or warm air to circulate throughout your house and are essential to the system. But, loose or poorly installed air vents can cause serious problems. A poorly installed air vent can cause condensation and water buildup, allowing mold to grow in your vents and be spread throughout your home. Look out for water buildup, obvious condensation, or rust. If a vent is visible and clearly disconnected, it can be an easy fix. If there are signs of water damage behind the walls where vents might be, it can be a serious issue. Not only can bad vents lead to the spread of mold through your air, but poor circulation can increase your electricity bills by a wide margin.

A common problem in houses that most people overlook can be a secret weight on your energy bills. The gaps between your door and doorframes and your windows and window frames can let air rush in or out, causing your heating and cooling units to overwork. I experienced this while living in Wisconsin, where the cold winters would get so bad that you could feel the intense draft on any door or window. Try to inspect gaps on doors, especially in older houses. In these houses the foundation can settle, causing the house to tilt or move, and leaving what were once perfect seals broken. These aren’t deal breakers though actually, they can be quite easily fixed. Small rubber seals are available online and can be installed manually, allowing an amateur to professionally seal their homes. It also might be worth installing extra protection for winter months, such as big rugs right at the door, or an entry matt.

Lastly, a problem many old homes have is outdated insulation. Insulation is used to keep the internal temperature of your home consistent. A misconception is that it only keeps a house warm, but insulation can also help keep a house warm. This is one of the most important ways to control your temperature in your home, aside from your new home HVAC unit. Many old buildings used asbestos, which is deadly and proven to cause lung cancer. But most of this has been taken out of homes (always worth inspecting though, because asbestos removal is expensive and dangerous).  Instead, though, most homes may have an older and outdated form of insulation. Checking the attic and basement is a good way to tell, as well as asking the owner when their insulation was updated. Updating exposed and unfinished rooms like a basement and attic are easy, as the insulation can be installed without taking any walls down. Adding insulation to a main room, such as a living or dining room though can be very expensive and time-consuming. Check out the insulation and ask the realtor. Finding out this information is critical and can save you thousands.

Overall, you must take some time to not only inspect the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom (heated floors!), but also your new home HVAC unit! Take some time to look at the outside and inside units for wear, a new unit is expensive! The vents are the easiest to inspect, but just as important. The gaps in your door and windows can cost you big time if you don’t address them early enough, and insulation, insulation, insulation! Always check on these things, because while you might be worried about a kitchen remodel, a new home HVAC remodel could cost even more. For expert advice, always contact General Air of Greenville South Carolina.

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