Purchasing an old home in El Paso, TX, may be appealing to some homeowners. On paper, their prices look cheap, but we recommend considering inspections for possible repairs and renovation costs. Here are some HVAC problems to be on the lookout for.
1. Sub-Standard Indoor Air Quality
Older buildings are from different times and lack modern-day design adjustments. Modern houses are in line with ever-changing efficiency protocols, meaning your home allows for better ventilation and airflow than in older homes. Increased airflow and installation of air cleaners will help boost your indoor air quality in your older home.
Some older homes allow for unconditioned air to remain indoors longer. The infiltration of bacteria and pollutants can aggravate existing health conditions and allergies.
Older houses have ductwork that may be susceptible to leaks that allow excessive dirt into your home, causing irregular hot and cold spots in the house. That means higher health and energy-related bills. Proper HVAC maintenance and air filter care will significantly improve your indoor air quality.
2. The Age of the Unit
Your HVAC unit has an average lifespan of 10 to 25 years, depending on the maintenance. Older homes most likely feature an old HVAC, and you have no idea of the previous owner’s maintenance routines. To avoid risking a malfunctioning or inefficient HVAC system that will spike your utility bill, hire professionals for an AC installation.
3. Malfunctioning, Outdated Thermostats
An old house may still use an HVAC with an old and outdated thermostat that’s less energy-efficient. These thermostats can cause irregularities in readings, even leading to the air conditioner malfunctioning. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat when purchasing an older house can help head off issues before they come up.
When purchasing an older house, calculating the costs for repairs and upgrades is essential to living comfortably. Contact Kings Aire experts to inspect your older home for any HVAC problems.
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