Enhance The Value Of Your Home With Perfect Heating Systems; Heat Pumps, Gas Or Oil
It is essential to keep the warmth of your home secured and perfect to keep the inquisitive home inspector content and happy. So look after your heating systems carefully and score full marks in any home inspection.
The home inspector will be on a lookout for leaks, corrosions, blockages and other problems in the chimneys, flue mechanism and in the vent apparatus for the imminent sign of CO (Carbon Monoxide) build-ups. He will check the oil and gas pipes thoroughly for leaks. The control unit and the thermostat will also come under his rigorous gaze.
The Things The Home Inspector Is Likely To Check
Check when the last combustion efficiency test was performed on your furnace. The inspector will check the efficiency and workability of the heating mechanism.
He will test the performance of the heating system. He will also verify the air conduction in the room and probable leaks. If your heating system is electrical, the baseboard unit will come under the inquiring glare of the inspector. The location of the thermostat will also be checked.
Maintain Your Heating System Properly
Check the chimney and the flue regularly. Look for any leakage in the vent pipes or otherwise the room will be filled with poisonous carbon monoxide gas. Make sure that the device that keeps temperature of your heating system appropriate is functioning smoothly.
Care For Your Gas Fire Device
See whether the gas fire pilot light needs relighting. Clean the pilot burners regularly. Check the heat exchangers to detect cracks. The gas valves must be devoid of leaks and should operate smoothly with proper pressure.
Maintain Your Oil Fire Machinery
Check the burners and filters at least once a year and hire a serviceman to replace the oil filters and burner nozzle to ensure correct operation. The serviceman should be equipped with a smoke gun, a draft gauge, a thermometer and a CO2 analyzer to adjust the burner properly. Avoid people who will say that they can do the job by just looking at the fire, because it is not simply possible.
Below Are Some Tips To Make The Inspection Of Your Furnace A Smooth Affair
- Adequate air ventilation is a must for proper operation of a furnace, it is better if you can install combustion and ventilation air ducts in your furnace room.
- Never put rags on the combustion air vent to prevent inflow of cool air, otherwise it will lead to accumulation of carbon-monoxide gas.
- You can install a CO detector to get the signals of CO exposure and act accordingly
- Do not keep combustible stuffs like cardboards or paper near the furnace.
- Call a good technician if your furnace exudes yellow flame and repair it to normal blue flame. However occasional orange or red flames are normal.
- Keep the filters sparkling clean. Check them once a month and clean or replace them as needed, it will be good to follow the manufacture's instruction manual. Check and mend the fan belts and the humidifiers in the same way.
- Clean the heat radiators and registers regularly
- If you own an old system it may need a blower motor or water pump lubrication. And it is also necessary to reinstall batteries in devices like the smoke alarm, CO alarms and digital thermostats.
- Check the vent for signs of corrosion or obstacles and implement immediate remedy measures.
Some of the other systems that will be checked by the inspector are:
The Heat Pumps And The Forced Air System
Heat pumps shuffle heat from one place to another. They work as air conditioners in hot climate. The inspector will check the heat pumps and the forced air systems to locate any leaks in the furnace heat exchanger that can leak CO. The inspector will do a combustion check and will also check the heat pump for refrigerant leaks.
You should reseal the duct outings with mastic and make the airflow proper. Keep the condenser coil clean and maintain the reversing valve and the secondary heating systems.
The Steam System
The crucial areas are the steam vents and the traps that let steam reach the radiator without escaping. A fastidious inspector will also check the high water safety limit and low- water safety cut-off control. To make the finicky inspector happy, scan the water line of the boiler and remove the last speck of trash to make the mechanism efficient. Take the help of a professional to remove sediments from the fill valve and to deplete the float chamber for the low water cutoff.
It is also necessary to have doors and windows with intact seals, proper mechanism and exact alignment.
The Hot Water System
A survey of the expansion tank, automatic air vent and the fill valve will be conducted to see that the pressure level is proper. The inspector will check the high limit control and the pressure relief valve to see whether high pressures have caused any damage. The boiler water pump will also come under his stare.
So keep your heating system squeaky clean and their function perfectly in order and make your home inspection a grand success.