Are You a First-Time Home Buyer? Don’t Make These HVAC Mistakes

Buying your first home can be an occasion for well-deserved celebration and excitement. In the flurry of activity that accompanies a home purchase, don’t neglect the HVAC system. As you negotiate the offer and make necessary evaluations and inspections, avoid the following mistakes that could mean an expensive HVAC system replacement as a first-time home buyer.

  • Don’t assume the HVAC system is in good condition: While the HVAC system may be working, that doesn’t mean the equipment will continue to function properly over the long term. It is easy to let preventive maintenance slide on heating and cooling systems, and neglected equipment will have a shortened functional life span. HVAC systems that have not been maintained are also likely to break down more often and need costly repairs. Make sure the system is inspected by an HVAC professional before you finalize any offers on the home.
  • Don’t assume the HVAC system is properly sized for the home: It is not uncommon for older HVAC systems to be either undersized or oversized for the home they’re in. Sizing refers to the equipment’s functional capacity and its ability to provide the amount of heating and cooling you need. Have an HVAC professional conduct a load calculation to determine how much heating or cooling is actually required for the residential space you’re purchasing and if the existing HVAC system can provide it.
  • Don’t assume the HVAC system is safe: Gas-fueled furnaces and boilers should be checked carefully to ensure they are safe. This should include an inspection of heat exchangers to make sure they are not cracked and a careful evaluation of the exhaust system that vents away dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide. This step is especially important if the house you’re considering has been vacant for an extended time.

Beyer Boys has more than 20 years of experience providing commercial and residential HVAC services to customers in San Antonio and the surrounding communities in South Texas. Contact us today for more information on how a first-time home buyer can ensure that the HVAC system in their new residence is acceptable.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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