When shopping for a new home in Birmingham, Alabama, you need to make sure you’re asking the right questions about the HVAC System. The HVAC system is one of the biggest investments in your home so its age, maintenance, and energy-efficiency are all important factors to consider for your budget.
Monthly Utility Bills
Often, people forget to budget the monthly utility bills when they are considering what they can afford. Make sure you ask what the monthly utility costs are for the home. You might even want to ask to see the bills if they have them available. It’s important to know the bills during the peak seasons to see how much to budget. The amount of the bills can also clue you in on the efficiency of the home so you have a point of reference.
Age and Maintenance of the HVAC System
It’s important to know the age of the HVAC system to see if you’re looking at a replacement soon after you buy your house. The age isn’t the only factor, however, that determines its lifespan. If the current homeowners have invested in yearly maintenance, you can expect the HVAC system to last longer. Conversely, if they haven’t, you need to make sure the warranty is still valid since many manufacturers require annual tune-ups for the warranty.
Energy-Efficient Upgrades in the Home
Make sure to find out about any energy-efficient upgrades the homeowners have invested in their home. These might include doors and windows, insulation, or having their ducts sealed. These upgrades will help to lower your utility bills and save you money in the future. If they haven’t done those investments, you might be able to save money on your utilities by doing them after you move in. You might also be able to negotiate a better price on the home if they are lacking in these upgrades.
If you have HVAC questions about a new home, we are the experts to call. Contact Total Comfort Heating and Air at (205) 944-1166 to schedule an appointment today.
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