Purchasing a new home involves making sure you check every part of the property you’re interested in. This includes knowing what to look for in terms of the house’s HVAC system, so you can ensure that you’ll have a comfortable interior all year. Keep the following HVAC topics in mind when you’re looking into buying a home in Yuma.
Age and Condition
Find out how old the home’s HVAC system is and what kind of condition it’s in. If the heat pump or central air-conditioning system is roughly 10 years old, it will likely need to be replaced soon. The same goes for a furnace that’s at least 15 years old. You should also find out what kind of maintenance the HVAC system has had over the years. HVAC systems with routine maintenance tend to last longer and be in better shape.
Since heating and cooling make up a huge portion of a home’s energy usage, it’s important to find out how energy-efficient the HVAC system is. Check the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) on air conditioners, the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) on furnaces, and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) on heat pumps. These ratings can help you determine how efficient the HVAC system is. A more efficient system leads to lower energy bills.
The EPA has banned the use of a certain type of refrigerant in HVAC systems that’s known as R-22. During the home-buying process, find out what kind of refrigerant the HVAC system uses. If it’s R-22, keep in mind that it might be harder and more expensive to have this refrigerant replaced if needed.
The kind of ductwork the home has can affect how well the HVAC system functions. The ductwork should be free of leaks and properly sized and designed. This helps ensure that the HVAC system is able to work as efficiently as possible at heating and cooling the home’s interior throughout the year.
If you need a new HVAC system for your Yuma home, please contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company today.