North American homes are generally centrally-heated. Today's efficient heating systems produce more warmth for less money. However, the "system" itself is not the only requirement for comfortable air quality in the home, as proper ventilation is also a key to comfort.

A visual inspection will evaluate the existing condition and serviceability of the following points:

TYPE: forced air, water radiant, electric, convection, fan coil, heat lamp etc.

LOCATION: basement, crawl space, garage, furnace room etc.

MAIN FUEL SHUT-OFF LOCATION: front, rear etc., rusty, shifted, loose etc.

FUEL TYPE: natural gas, oil, propane, solid, heat pump etc.

BURNERS: sooty / charred, rust flakes, unusual flame, damage, short cycling, scorched facing / wiring, failure possibility

VENTING: the proper pipe clearances, any loose ducts or duct tape, the existence of blockage, the existence of back venting, improper vent rising, no venting, asbestos like material, any rust observed

PLENUM: leaking, rust flakes, the use of asbestos-like material, rusted duct slab, any loose or disconnected ducts, proper duct supports

FAN / PUMPS: the filter status, the fan or pump cycle duration e.g. short cycling, the adequacy of air flow, the status of drive belts, the detection of any unusual noise during operation

COMBUSTION AIR: the condition or status of the air supply

HYDRONIC SYSTEMS: the radiator condition including damage to fins or other obvious damage that may impede the otherwise efficient operation of the unit., the condition of unit valves, the condition of important bleed and relief valves, the existence of any obvious rust or corrosion, the detection of any unusual system noises associated with the unit in operation, the condition and/or type of of related piping in use (such as copper, gray plastic, or oxygen barrier), the existence/functionality of related pressure gauges

ELECTRIC BASEBOARDS: the condition or existence of wall thermostats, that proper clearances are adhered to, any missing/damaged unit covers, the existence / functionality of unit thermostats, the system operation status, the existence of rusting or corrosion

CONTROLS: condition and location of thermostats, existence of main furnace shut-off switch, existence and functionality of the summer fan switch, existence and operation of smoke detectors, the response of operation controls, the functionality of any ignition systems, accessibility of any gas shut-off valves,

GENERAL: Any obvious immediate condition that may appear to impede efficiency, cause premature failure, or pose a health or safety risk.

NOTE: If any point of a regular inspection is concealed, or not accessible to the inspector it will not be included in the inspection.