Apr 28 2016

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Whether you want to buy an older home or a newer model in Pearland, Texas, you probably have a list of questions for your realtor and home inspector. Since the HVAC system is a critical part of any home, don’t ignore the state of your heating and cooling system in your new house. Find out which questions you should ask an HVAC tech when you move into your new home.

How Much Longer Will the HVAC System Last?

The lifespan of your HVAC system depends on several factors, since all systems don’t necessarily include the same components. For example, some Texas homes rely on heat pumps for both heating and cooling. These systems typically last for 16 years before you’ll need to replace them with newer models.

If your new home includes an air conditioner, you can expect the system to last for 10 to 15 years total. Furnaces generally last for 15 to 20 years before they need replacement.

In your new home, your HVAC system’s condition and regularity of maintenance can affect its total lifespan. Maxx AC & Heating’s technicians can inspect your system and help you decide how many operating years your system has left. If the existing system is at the end of its lifespan, we’ll help you find and correctly size the right HVAC system for your new home. Don’t overlook the proper sizing; a unit that’s too small or too large for a home won’t create the proper energy efficiency needed.

Does the HVAC System Need Maintenance or New Parts?

If the previous homeowners haven’t done their part to maintain the HVAC system throughout its lifespan, the air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump might need repairs or new parts, or a complete replacement. Our technicians can give a system a complete inspection to check fluid levels, take a closer look at moving parts, look at electrical connections, and give the system a test run.

No matter the age or condition of the HVAC system, we always recommend regular maintenance. When you commit to a preventive maintenance plan, you can keep your system running at peak performance and find signs of most major issues before they happen.

Does the Ductwork Need Repairs?

Leaky ductwork can spell big problems for an HVAC system. In most homes, 20 to 30 percent of the air that the heating and cooling system generates doesn’t actually make it through the vents and into your home. Instead, almost one-third of the air escapes through holes, cracks, and bad seals in your home’s ductwork.

If our technicians find that your new home’s ductwork needs repairs, you’ll have a few options to consider. We’ll walk you through the possibilities, such as standard duct sealing and insulation, or more high-tech options for addressing the issue.

How Can I Improve My Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

Many people view their homes as clean, pure sanctuaries from the polluted air outdoors. In reality, however, indoor air often has more airborne contaminants, including dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, and other irritants. In some cases, the HVAC system helps clean the indoor air, but in other situations, the system only makes the air quality worse.

If your new home has indoor air quality problems, we’ll show you how to improve them. Solutions can include replacing the air filter more often to adding HVAC components like an air cleaner or a whole-home dehumidifier.

Should I Update the Thermostat?

Thermostats can last for up to 35 years, but you shouldn’t continue to use outdated devices. Older thermostats might continue to run basic functions, but manual devices don’t offer the convenient, energy-efficient options that newer models deliver.

Take the time to learn more about new smart, programmable thermostats that can work with your new home’s existing HVAC system. We’ll show you the latest options that will help you save money and energy, make your home more comfortable, and work with any high-tech smart home setup.

Planning a move to a new home this spring? Call our HVAC experts at Maxx AC & Heating to ask for a system inspection: 281-409-3890.

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