How Home Inspectors Measure the Performance of Your HVAC Unit

Home inspections help buyers understand the current state of a house to ensure they are making a sound investment. During this process, the home inspector provides a comprehensive analysis of a home’s condition following a set of standards.

The home inspector reviews the structure and functional components of the property including the HVAC system.

Looks Matter

The first step during the home inspection is to conduct a visual inspection of the systems and note any superficial issues with the age or the performance. Inspectors will check the thermostat, air condition, furnace, heat pumps and ducts are working as they should. The inspectors will also take note of service records if available, so be sure to have these handy if you can. Also, Shaw Services technicians always make notes of regular maintenance on the unit themselves.

Testing, Testing Is This Thing On

The next step is testing the actual functionality and performance of the unit. Home inspectors measure performance for gas and oil furnaces is based on whether or not it with ignite and if the system is delivering the proper temperature for heating and cooling the home.

As a note, inspectors don’t typically check performance of the heating system during the summer or whether the air conditioner works during the winter because it could damage the unit. So just something to keep in mind when purchasing your next home.                                   

Bottom Line

Bottom line is this, home inspectors are generalists and know a lot about a lot and are trained and experienced in how things are supposed to function for a specific purpose. They understand what’s involved if systems are not properly installed or used. Their main role is to collect information and craft a report for the home buyer to make a more informed decision on whether to proceed forward with the purchase of a property.

 If you’re looking for a detailed analysis of your HVAC unit, it’s best to call in the experts like the Shaw Services team to take a look and run an analysis on your unit to have more of an understanding of where your unit stands prior to purchase. If you’re not sure whether you need to add contingencies on your purchase or whether to prepare for a new unit install, here are five signs it may be time for a new AC unit.