Moving to a New Home? Remember to Inspect the Heating System
When moving to a new home there are many systems you will want to check to ensure there are no hidden surprises that could lead to unexpected repair bills down the road. One of the most important things you will want to check is the home's furnace. By taking the time to ask questions and inspect the furnace can save you potential headaches down the road. Here's what to check:
1. Turn on the furnace and listen for noises. Squeaks and rattles could indicate a mechanical problem, lack of maintenance or just be an indication that the furnace is showing its age and is nearing the end of its lifespan. If you hear unusual noises, have Total Comfort Solutions inspect the furnace.
2. Ask the current owner or real estate agent for the age of the furnace. A gas furnace will typically last 15-20 years. Keep in mind that older furnaces can be more expensive to operate and may require more frequent repairs.
3. Check the unit's EnergySTAR® rating. Sometimes the label will still be attached to the unit. If not, the unit's serial number can be used to contact the manufacturer for efficiency information. The EnergySTAR® rating label will tell you how efficient the unit is with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. AFUE is a measure of a gas furnace's efficiency in converting fuel to energy, by projecting the average thermal efficiency for a complete heating season. A higher AFUE rating indicates greater energy efficiency.
4. Check the furnace air filter. It may be dirty, but it should not be excessively covered with dirt that could prevent airflow to the furnace.
Finally, for your peace of mind, it's a good idea to have the home's heating and cooling system inspected by a professional HVAC technician to identify any potential problems that could end up costing you money in repairs or higher utility bills.
Have questions about inspecting your home's heating systems? Call Total Comfort Solutions. We can help answer all your home heating and cooling questions.