Tips from the Inspector TREC#8343
A daily tip from a Houston Home Inspector, quick, easy and most importantly CHEAP, tips on how to improve your home before a home inspection.
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During an inspection of your home’s HVAC, heating and cooling systems, the inspector should check for heating and cooling temperature differentials, the drip pans, drainage lines, the burners, fuel source and many other things, that perhaps a homeowner has little knowledge of. However, there is one part of a HVAC inspection that the homeowner does have knowledge of and can control;
The AC Filter!
Why Is This Important?
Your AC Filter can affect your cooling temperature differential, which is the difference between the temp of the air going into the return and the temp of the air coming out of the AC vents. Should that number drop below the minimum 15 degrees then you will receive an “In Need Of Repair” mark on your report and a recommendation that your unit be serviced.
An inspector will check the AC filter to ensure that it is installed, and functioning properly.
A missing AC filter will clue an inspector to look for dirt in the coils and to recommend the AC unit be serviced by a qualified HVAC repairman.
A clogged AC filter will lead to low airflow, reduced cooling, and perhaps even the freezing up of the coils for lack of air movement.
Where Can You Find Them?
You can find them at any builder’s warehouse store, hardware store or retail store, like Lowe’s, Home Depot or Walmart. AC filters range in price from $2.00 to $50 or more for special electrostatic washable/reusable filters.
How To Use?
All will have markings on them indicating the direction of the air flow, and some even have whistles to let you know when they need to be changed.
Simply unscrew the filter cover, remove the old filter, place the new one in, paying attention to the airflow arrow, and close the cover.
What You’ve Achieved?
Keeping the AC filter clean and the air flowing will improve the efficiency of your AC unit, keeping your house cooler and your electric bill down and it will also keep one more check mark off of the inspector’s report.
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