Don't Sweat It This Summer

Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

Long, hot days are just around the corner. And the last thing you want to do is step inside a warm house because of its cooling system problems. How do you know if your cooling system is in good condition for the summer months?

The mechanical systems of a home or commercial property can be extensive. Heating and cooling equipment can include indoor and outdoor equipment, fans and a duct system running to each room of the home or business. A qualified inspector will examine visible components of the heating and cooling system as part of a general inspection.

The inspector will review the age and condition of the system, noting whether or not the systems' distribution is functional and if its controls, including shutoffs, are adequate. The inspector will also note the energy source and type of distribution system. The functionality of cooling systems present in the home will be checked only when air temperatures are warm enough. Starting a cooling system when temperatures are too cold can damage the system.

Checking the heating and cooling systems includes testing the flow of air in all living areas of the home where ducts and/or returns are present. The air temperature at registers is recorded to make sure it fits in the proper range for functional heating and cooling.

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Melissa Juarez
Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC - Quincy, MA

Thanks for the informative post. Good advice. Have a great summer!

May 18, 2010 01:55 AM #1
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