You will undoubtedly have potential houses inspected by a home inspector if you look for a new home.
Will your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system be inspected separately?
You should. Here are three reasons why.
Your Heating and Air Conditioning System is About Half of Your Energy Bill
According to Pro Quality Home Inspection, around half of your yearly energy bill goes toward heating and cooling your home.
Therefore, you want to make sure the home’s heating and air-conditioning systems are in good working order not to spend more than you need to on energy bills.
An HVAC inspection will reveal any problems that affect your new home’s energy efficiency.
A typical home inspection does not include detailed HVAC testing
Homebuyers often assume that their heating and air conditioning equipment has been tested by their home inspector. The home inspector may simply turn on your furnace and air conditioner to make sure they work.
The furnace and air conditioner may appear to be functioning, but there may be an underlying problem that the home inspector cannot detect (such as a cracked heat exchanger).
During a home inspection, the HVAC system is always overlooked. Home inspectors lack the tools and knowledge necessary to perform a thorough HVAC inspection. Like cars, HVAC systems can operate despite significant problems.
Having your HVAC system checked by a licensed professional is highly recommended. Home inspectors simply don’t have the expertise to provide a thorough HVAC report.
There are several disclaimers accompanying home inspection reports about the inspector's lack of HVAC knowledge. Home inspectors are not required to have a license in many states (including California).
In light of the fact that HVAC repairs and replacements are expensive and HVAC energy costs constitute almost half of your home's total energy bill (the most expensive monthly expense), you must hire a licensed HVAC expert to inspect your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems are the Most Expensive Appliances in Your Home
It is a significant investment to buy a home.
Any homeowner can attest that it comes with plenty of expenses. Your home's heating and air conditioning system is one of the most important investments you can make.
The cost of installing a new furnace and air conditioner is thousands of dollars, but the cost of buying other appliances (such as your oven and refrigerator) is much lower. It's a good idea to have your HVAC system checked before you move in.
How Much is a Professional HVAC Inspection?
HVAC inspections range from $200 on the low end to $600 on the high end. Usually, the price varies depending on the size of the home and whether or not you want a full energy-efficiency report.
HVAC Inspections Save Money and Frustration
An HVAC inspection is just a little bit of time and money and can give you a better idea of what to expect if you decide to purchase the home. Your home's heating and cooling system will be evaluated to determine if any repairs or replacements are necessary.
You will receive a written report containing all of their findings after a professional inspection is performed by a licensed and trained HVAC technician. Also included may be recommendations and suggestions for repairs, replacements, and energy-efficiency upgrades.
Here's the bare minimum you need to know about HVAC inspections.
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