Moving to a new home entails a lot of planning and consideration, and it can feel like an endless to-do list has to be checked off before you can settle in. But one item you shouldn’t neglect is an inspection of your new home’s HVAC’s system – and, potentially, installing an A/C and furnace to better suit your home’s needs.
Many older homes have outdated HVAC systems, and many new constructions use sup-optimal installations to drive down costs. But with your furnace and A/C dictating your home’s habitability for much of the year, installing an A/C and furnace can be a worthwhile investment. These tips can help.
In a new home:
- Research contractors in your area to find one who’s certified, licensed, and bonded.
- Consider where the thermostat will be located. Good locations are generally on inside walls in areas with plenty of air circulation.
- Check the location of the heating and cooling units. Is there enough space to grant access for routine maintenance? Can you easily access the air filters to change them? Is the ventilation adequate?
- Check the ductwork to be sure that it’s insulated, and that it has smooth curves rather than sharp corners.
- Have a professional HVAC system inspection to ensure that the system was installed correctly and to code.
In a pre-owned home:
- Ask to see a history of the system’s previous maintenance bills, and speak to the HVAC contractors who have previously worked on the system.
- Have an HVAC professional inspect the system, and give you any recommendations for ongoing maintenance or cost-saving up-front upgrades.
Installing an A/C and furnace can mean the difference between a comfortable home environment and a muggy or too-cold house. To learn more about your new home, contact us today at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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