When my mother obtained her retirement home in rural Florida, she had 3 major home hunting directions: flooding history, type of roof, as well as the condition of the HVAC; She wanted to find a home that had little history of flooding, and finding a home with no flooding is nearly impossible unless it’s brand new, although she really wanted at least thirty years ago as well as less than 2 times. The roof was simple–metal so it wouldn’t sustain too much in a hurricane, but unlike her previous life up at the north, she had to contend with central HVAC unit. Unlike boilers, there is no way to avoid ductwork with cooling system. Forced air HVAC technology requires a lot of upkeep to insure that its in great order, as well as my mom doesn’t trust people not to be lazy to mess things up. So, any home that passed the roofing test as well as no history of flooding was then diagnosed by a local HVAC business. The heating and cooling business changed out the air duct, the condenser, as well as both the HVAC components to check for wear as well as tear. The HVAC business was also able to conclude on how many more years they believed were left in the heating and the cooling system as a whole, and mom didn’t want perfect, just long enough that she could save up for a enjoyable replacement. She settled on a home with a metal roof that had only been flooded twice, with an HVAC system that would last for at least 7 more years, house hunting was a long process, although she was able to find a perfect fit that she still likes even today.