Buying a new home is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. To ensure everything is up to par before you close the deal, you’ll want to have the home examined by a home inspector.

But did you know that you should also have a separate inspection of the home’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) system?

During the average home inspection, inspectors only perform a rudimentary test of the home’s HVAC equipment. Typically, the thermostat is set to “cool” to ensure the AC drops in temperature and then switched to “heat” to confirm that the furnace raises the temperature. While there is value in knowing the air conditioner and furnace turn on, this brief test doesn’t confirm that they’re in great working order and there may be greater issues lurking behind plain sight.

Before we jump into why you should have a separate HVAC inspection, let’s take a look at what goes on during this type of inspection.

What is an HVAC Inspection?

A full HVAC inspection is a thorough review and assessment of all the components related to the home’s heating and cooling system. During the inspection, the technician will check the condition of appliances, and electrical components for any failures, as well as test the airflow through your home.

They can also determine if the right HVAC system for your home is installed and the estimated lifespan of the unit.

Why have a separate HVAC inspection?

Replacing an HVAC System is expensive

Purchasing a new home is riddled with expenses. The last thing you need is to find out that the air conditioner or furnace needs to be replaced. Both are major appliances that could cost anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000 to replace.

According to Shipton’s Heating & Cooling, the average HVAC inspection costs about $100 to $200. Compare that to a replacement, and it’s a no-brainer. It pays to prevent problems before they happen.

Keeps heating & cooling costs in check

An HVAC inspection confirms that your home’s system is in good working order.

If you choose to skimp out on the inspection, you risk moving into a new home with a system that could cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Don’t risk it – Have an HVAC professional inspect the home’s system.


Before you can have your new home’s HVAC system inspected, you must first find your dream home. Let Niagara’s top real estate team help!

McGarr Realty is made up of knowledgeable realtors who know the ins and outs of every neighbourhood in the Niagara Region. Our team would be thrilled to show you all the beautiful real estate listings the region has to offer.

Call our office at 905-687-9229 in St. Catharines, or 905-468-9229 in Niagara-on-the-Lake today to get started. You can also send us a message on our contact page, HERE.

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