Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) issues can be expensive to fix. These systems are important to the functioning of your house. Many inspection companies overlook the HVAC systems. But we won't! We make sure these 3 systems are part of our home inspection checklist. They are very important to the functioning of the house and we inspect that they were properly installed and functioning.
Living in Iowa, you know full well how cold our winter can get. A properly functioning heat source is appreciated when the outside temperatures drops and the inside stays nice and warm. It is a major bummer to have a furnace breakdown in the middle of winter when you really need that heat. During our home inspection, the inspector will evaluate the age of the furnace and verify that it was install properly and fully functioning. If you are looking to buy a home, your home inspection will tell you whether ther furnace is newer or older. An older furnace could mean that it may need to be replaced sometime in the near future. All of this data can help you make an informed decision.
Homes have become much more energy efficient. This means that homes now keep heat in better in the winter. This house stays cooling in the summer too. The downfall of this means that the house isn't able to "breath" when it is so energy efficient. What does that mean to your house? Moisture can build up in the house. When the moisture levels get too high, mold can start to grow.
We look at how much moisture is in the home and we look for evidence of mold. Mold is something that you need to be concerned about because it can cause health issues for some people. Not to mention that it just is nasty. We'll put any signs we see in the inspection binder.
Just like we enjoy a warm house in the winter, we equally enjoy a cool home in the summer. There is nothing worse than turning on the A/C on the first hot day of the year to find out it just doesn't work. Our residential inspection includes checking to see that air conditioning unit is properly installed and works properly. Don't be surprised if we turn on the A/C during our inspection. That's the best way to know if it is functioning properly. Better to know the air conditioning unit is working fine before you need it.