When buying a home, buyers are always advised to get a complete inspection of the house to ensure they’re not investing in a home with problems, like a bad foundation, poor construction practices or materials, a roof that needs replacing, or other issues that would be costly to repair. A thorough HVAC inspection by a qualified inspector will make sure the heating and air conditioning system is operating effectively and efficiently, while also checking for problems that could be lurking to impact your savings. So, here are a few things that an HVAC inspection should cover for:

  • Heating and cooling systems: Over time, furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners and heat pumps wear out. If they’re not properly maintained, they wear out much faster. An HVAC inspection should ensure all systems are operating safely and at optimal performance. An efficient system will save money on energy consumption, as well.
  • Ductwork: Ducts play an essential role in any forced-air heating and cooling system, as they carry the heated or cooled air throughout a home.In many homes, ducts have multiple air leaks, lack proper insulation and are inefficiently designed. Poor and leaking ductwork can lead to significant energy loss in a home.
  • Mold and other contaminants: Mold, mildew and bacteria can often be the result of a poorly maintained air conditioning system. Mold can be very difficult to remove if it gets bad enough. If mold gets into ductwork or around the indoor A/C coil, it can contaminate the household air and lead to health problems for home residents.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO): An HVAC inspection should make sure that all combustion appliances, including the furnace, water heater and gas stove, are safely vented to the outdoors. A good inspection will also ensure that there is enough space to dissipate carbon monoxide, if any leaks occur.
  • Ventilation: Without effective ventilation, dirty, stale, humid air will accumulate inside. Your HVAC inspector should check for adequate ventilation throughout the house, including the attic. Proper ventilation is needed for a healthy indoor environment.