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What to Look For in Your New Home’s Heating and Cooling Systems

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Stephen Plumbing

January 13, 2024

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Moving Into a New Home? What to Look For in Your New Home’s Heating and Cooling Systems

What should I look for in the heating and cooling systems if I’m moving into a new home? This is a critical question to ask yourself to ensure comfort and efficiency and avoid unexpected expenses. And at Stephens Plumbing, we’ve got the answer. Here’s your detailed guide to help you make an informed decision straight from the pros.

Age and System: Old or Gold?

Older systems may not only be inefficient but also prone to breakdowns. Critical components like furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps can significantly vary in performance based on age and maintenance history. And let’s not forget that older models might use environmentally harmful refrigerants that are costly to replace.

Spotting Damage: It’s More Than Meets the Eye

When inspecting, watch for visible damage such as rust, cracks, or water stains. Even minor damages can hint at larger, costlier issues lurking beneath the surface.

It’s not just about what you see—it’s also about what these signs could mean for the system’s future. A professional HVAC technician can be your best ally in uncovering these hidden mysteries.

Listen Closely: Noises Tell Tales

Unusual noises during operation are like the HVAC system trying to communicate. Banging, clanking, or rattling could be crying out for help from the blower motor or compressor. Catching these acoustic red flags early can save you from a symphony of costly repairs later.

Ductwork: An Essential Component

Often overlooked, ductwork is a vital part of your HVAC system. Poorly maintained ducts can lead to energy loss and uneven heating or cooling. Inspect for gaps, loose connections, and signs of condensation. Remember, efficient HVAC performance heavily relies on well-sealed and insulated ducts.

Insulation: The Shield Against Energy Loss

Inquire about the home’s insulation—the shield against energy loss. Older homes might be under-insulated, leading to higher energy bills and an overworked HVAC system. Adequate insulation is critical to maintaining a comfortable indoor climate and ensuring your HVAC system doesn’t have to overcompensate for heat loss or gain.

Size Matters: Too Big, Too Small, Just Right

Getting the right-sized HVAC system is like fitting a piece in a puzzle—it has to be just right. An undersized system will struggle, and an oversized one will frequently cycle on and off, reducing efficiency. Consult an HVAC contractor to ensure the system’s size aligns with your home’s needs.

Energy Efficiency: Save Money, Save the Planet

An energy-efficient HVAC system is a win-win for your wallet and the environment. Look for high Energy Star ratings. Efficient systems may cost more upfront but can lead to significant savings in the long run, thanks to reduced energy bills.

Reach Out to the Pros at Stephens Today

Your home’s HVAC system is more than a comfort provider; it’s a long-term investment. By thoroughly inspecting the system, considering its efficiency, and understanding the associated costs, you can ensure a pleasant and cost-effective living experience in your new home.

If you require professional assistance, contact Stephens today. We’ll happily schedule an appointment to begin the process and provide you with a free estimate.


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