Buying a home for the first time? If so, you know the numerous decision making challenges you are facing. Buying a home is not something you do every day. You want to buy a home that meets all your expectations and reflects the true value of your investment. The HVAC system is one vital component that merits your attention. You don’t want to make a down payment for a house without this vital facility. But what are you going to consider as far as this system is concerned? Look for these heating and cooling features before you buy.
Heating and Cooling Features for First Time Homebuyers
Here are just a few things that you can check for when looking at HVAC systems in potential homes:
Type of HVAC System
Broadly speaking, these systems come in two categories: room air conditioners and central air conditioners. The first are room-specific while the later are meant for the entire house. Central air conditioners are more efficient than room conditioners. This implies that it makes more economic sense to buy a house fitted with a central air conditioner. This type of system will lower your energy costs by using less energy than room air conditioners.
Design and Type of Ductwork
Ensure the ducts are sized and properly balanced for comfortable and even air conditioning. It is better if the ducts are round and externally insulated; these are the most efficient. Say no to long runs of flexible duct as these will waste a lot of energy.
Check the type of refrigerant that the system uses. Some refrigerants are not environment-friendly. Avoid such systems and if possible ask for a replacement.
Adjustment of Heating and Cooling Temperatures
The system should have well calibrated and effective temperature controls. These controls should give you a reasonable range to manipulate the preferred temperatures in the house. A programmable thermostat comes in handy here. It will give you flexibility to program your system to deliver preferred temperatures without you having to keep making adjustment at different times of the day. For more convenience and remote operations you can check if the HVAC comes with a smart thermostat. This will enable you to control and adjust temperature settings from the comfort of your smartphone. For the thermostat to function correctly it should be located away from heat sources such as supply registers and windows.
Air Filter Location
These filters should be situated where it is easy for you to access them. This will make it easy and convenient for you to replace these filters about every three or so months.
Bear in mind that for conditioned air to enter the room, a similar amount of air must leave the room to create space for the conditioned get into. Ideally each room should have a return-air diffuser and an entering air diffuser.
Location and Installation of the Air Conditioner
Make sure the HVAC system is installed and located correctly. This way, it will serve you efficiently for many years without it raising any major issues.
The system’s condensing unit should be conveniently located where its noise will not irritate you or your neighbors.
As you contemplate on buying your first house, seek the inputs of heating and cooling experts. For more information on the heating and cooling features to consider as first time homebuyer, contact us for a consultation. We are always happy to serve our clients promptly & affordably.