Bryan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. knows that moving in Wichita, KS, can be just as exciting as it is overwhelming. Often times, the stress associated with moving is attributed to the hidden costs and overlooked issues that may come to light once you’ve already moved into the new living space. While a professional property inspection can serve to identify any glaring issues in a home, inspecting the existing heating and cooling system yourself and knowing what to ask the realtor or seller can help you avoid the possibility of unexpected system breakdowns or the need for replacement after you’ve already moved in. Asking the realtor or seller to repair or replace a faulty HVAC system prior to your move-in date is often an easy fix to a heating and cooling issue. But more complex problems with the ductwork or insulation in a home might affect the decision to sign the lease or purchase the home. Before you move into a new home, remember the following HVAC inspection tips.
Inspect The Equipment
Perform a spot inspection of the heating and cooling system in the home. If you notice water leaks, rust, or other types of decay — or if you hear unusual noises coming from the HVAC units — the system may be faulty or near the end of its functional lifespan. If the AC or heat pump was installed more than 10 years ago, or if the furnace was installed more than 15 years ago, the system likely requires replacement. Newer heating and cooling systems that haven’t received professional HVAC maintenance or repairs as needed can also require replacement. If there are any noticeable issues with the system, notify the realtor or leasing agent right away. This can protect you from spending money and time on pre-existing issues for which the property owner or seller is responsible.
Ask About Past Maintenance & Repairs
Professionally serviced heating and A/C units are likely to last their entire expected lifespan (10-15 years). But systems that haven’t received bi-annual check-ups or necessary HVAC repairs are at risk of breaking down when you need heating or cooling the most. Ask the realtor, seller, or leasing agent about any past maintenance and repairs to the system and the documents or receipts associated with these services.This information is key to understanding the history of the HVAC system, but it can also give you insight into what maintenance the system would require. Bryan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. advises scheduling system check-ups twice each year — once in the fall and once in the spring — to prepare the system for high-use heating and cooling in the winter and summer. For more information or to schedule services, contact us today!
Consider Average Utility Costs & Efficiency
Knowing the average cost of heating and cooling can help you factor monthly utility costs into your budget before moving into a new home. A large part of what determines the cost of heating and cooling is HVAC system efficiency, or the ability of the system to heat or cool a structure relative to the amount of energy required for function. Older units are typically less efficient than newer models. Be sure to inspect the unit for a sticker detailing the system’s efficiency rating. If the sticker has been removed, a quick Internet search of the model and brand will provide you with information about the system’s efficiency. Contact us for more information about HVAC system efficiency or to schedule a system inspection.
Check The Ductwork
Other factors in determining the average cost of utilities and level of efficiency include the ductwork in the home. Air ducts remove and deliver air to the spaces in your home or business, ensure safe air quality, and maintain the level of warmth or cold being pushed through the home. Air ducts that are improperly sized or installed lead to issues with air flow, among other problems. If there is a problem with the ductwork, contact us! Our technicians specialize in custom duct fabrication for better HVAC efficiency, improved temperature regulation, and long-lasting results.
Assess The Insulation
Insulation acts as an indoor barrier to outdoor air, preventing heated or cooled air produced by the HVAC system from leaking outside. Adequate insulation also serves as protection against excess indoor moisture, which can cause the growth and spread of mold and mildew. As you walk through the house, note any differences in heating or cooling from room to room. If you feel any drafts or the air in one room is significantly colder — or warmer — than the rest of the home, the insulation may be lacking. On average, air leaks around doors, windows, and other openings to the outdoors account for up to 30 percent of lost energy in a home. Ask the realtor about the type of insulation in the home and notify them of any noticeable air leaks to avoid the unexpected cost of re-insulating the home after you move in.