HVAC Considerations

3 HVAC Considerations to Keep in Mind When Buying a New Home

June 19, 2019

Buying a new home here in Opelika, Alabama, is exciting, and it’s the biggest purchase that most people will ever make. You can design your own place to build or find an ideal existing home. However, you should consider the HVAC system’s type, energy efficiency, and age when thinking about the purchase of your home.

The Type of HVAC System

There are many types of HVAC systems available. A geothermal heat pump uses underground or underwater pipes filled with water or refrigerant to transfer heat. It doesn’t have an outdoor unit like conventional heat pumps or air conditioners, so it’s not vulnerable to bad weather. The outdoor component can also last for decades. A packaged system is easy to install and maintain because it’s in one casing, and a ductless system won’t lose conditioned air because of duct leaks.

Energy Efficiency

Newer HVAC systems are usually more energy-efficient than older heaters and air conditioners. Some models are more efficient than others as well. Before you buy a home, ask what past utility bills have been like and learn more about the HVAC model in the house. If it has too much capacity for the square footage, it will waste energy. If it’s too small, it won’t be able to keep you and your family comfortable.

Age

If the HVAC system in a home is more than about 10 years old, you may want to consider a new system. You could save energy and avoid inconvenient, costly breakdowns by replacing it. The seller could be willing to split the cost of a new heater or air conditioner or reduce their price to compensate for the expense of a new system. Some units are in better condition than others, so you should have your home’s HVAC system checked by a professional for more detailed information about its condition.

Sensigreen Heating & Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and we received Carrier’s 2019 President’s Award. Our name comes from our strong belief in sensible, green heating and air conditioning solutions, and we’re devoted to making our customers satisfied. For outstanding service, call us at (334) 366-9237.

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