Buying a home is a big financial and life decision. Whether the home is recently built or the fixer upper you have been dreaming of, having a home inspection is a great way to access a home and find areas in need of maintenance. A home inspection is not a pass or fail test, but instead a tool for negotiating repairs that need to be made before closing. While some of the components in a home may never need repair there are others that are more frequently found needing attention during a home inspection.
Replace Dirty Air Filters
HVAC air filters should be replaced every few months at a minimum. A clogged air filter can reduce efficiency of a cooling system by up to 15% increasing your energy bill each month. Air that successfully makes it past a clogged filter may carry dirt or dust particles into your home reducing the indoor air quality. Help maintain the life of your HVAC system and lower your energy bill with regular air filter changes.
You can save money by automatically adjusting your homes temperature while you are away. A programmable thermostat can be set to cool your home just before your arrival from work for extra savings on the electricity bill. "Smart" programmable thermostats are gaining in popularity due to their convenience and savings. Adjust and view the cooling schedule from your smartphone and worry less while tracking your monthly energy usage.
Replacing cracked insulation on a suction line can save money while using your cooling system. The insulation typically degrades from constant ultraviolet exposure. Replacing the insulation with new UV resistant insulation can help keep refrigerant temperatures from absorbing heat outside of your home, translating to a more efficiently performing cooling system.
Adding ceiling fans to a room can help increase the comfort level of a home. The moving air generated from the fan helps to cool occupants by creating a wind chill. An effective ceiling fan spins clockwise, pushing air down towards the occupants to help evaporate moisture off the skin.