If there’s one piece of advice I could give you, it’s this: When you tour a home that you’re thinking about buying, make sure you check the HVAC system thoroughly! I can’t say that enough. When my husband and I bought our first home over a decade ago, we were so excited to be homeowners that we skipped some essential steps in the research process, just so we could buy the place and get the keys! It wasn’t until we moved in the following week that we noticed something was off with our home’s air conditioning system. At first, it was as if the house was just working at a whisper and circulating only small amounts of cool air at a time. The next time the A/C system cycled on, it sounded like ten different A/C units started at once, and the airflow suddenly spiked as freezing cold air came flying through the house! It was genuinely annoying, as it happened at all hours of the day and night. Eventually we contacted this heating and air conditioning service firm in town, and told them about what was going on. They sent a technician to our home a day or two later, and I was amazed at what the technician was able to find. Apparently, the compressor for our air conditioning condenser was constantly freezing over, then thawing out so air could blow through the house at a cooler temperature. This was caused by the outdoor A/C unit being surrounded by a wooden fence, which the previous owners put up to camouflage their A/C unit. The technician stressed to us that the fence had to go, or be adjusted so there was a full two feet of empty space between the fence and the condenser. I’m just glad the technician was able to figure out the cause, and quickly take care of it! Otherwise, we would have been miserable in our charming house with an awful HVAC system.