A&T Heating and Air Conditioning https://www.atheatac.com Berks County, PA Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:54:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.atheatac.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-favicon-32x32.png A&T Heating and Air Conditioning https://www.atheatac.com 32 32 HVAC Upgrades Add Home Equity https://www.atheatac.com/2020/08/hvac-upgrades-home-equity/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:54:03 +0000 https://www.atheatac.com/?p=784 Upgrading your home’s plumbing, heating, and air conditioning is an investment in your home, but is your return making your home value rise substantially? Getting the maximum return on your investments is something homeowners crave with home upgrades. Who wouldn’t want an appreciation on their home after adding large sums of money to it? The […]

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HVAC upgrades

Upgrading your home’s plumbing, heating, and air conditioning is an investment in your home, but is your return making your home value rise substantially?

Getting the maximum return on your investments is something homeowners crave with home upgrades. Who wouldn’t want an appreciation on their home after adding large sums of money to it? The real question is: which investments will appreciate while avoiding renovation costs? The answer is HVAC upgrades. Generally, HVAC upgrades go unthought-of compared to roof upgrades, or flooring but they are a sound investment that pays off. We know wrong investments can be costly and may upset you when you realize the return is non existing in non HVAC upgrades. A&T HVAC is here to explain and provide the services to upgrade your home today.

Invest in Your HVAC System

Upgrading the HVAC system may not be as aesthetically pleasing as adding a new oven, but will have a greater impact. For current homeowners, the upgrade is an unthanked job, but a necessary one. Potential buyers may not see a brand new system, but they will notice an older one. Yes, the cost of this renovation may seem too pricey, but HVAC remodels have a higher return compared to other projects. You may see a return of up to 71%.

Things to Consider

The best advice we can offer is knowing which upgrades are needed for your home. Consider where your home is located, the type of buyers you’re looking to attract, and above all, your budget! A&T HVAC has some questions you need to answer before making upgrades.

Should it be a repair or a replacement? – If the HVAC unit is less than 10 years old but has some minor issues a repair may need to happen instead of a replacement.

Does your home need heating and or cooling – The answer for berks county residents is yes. Other areas like California or Florida likely do not need heating.

Are the HVAC units energy-efficient? – If your answer is, “no” consider a renovation. If your system is too or small for your home, or even too old an energy-efficient system can appreciate the home.

Basic Upgrades

Insulation – older insulation is easy to fix with low-risk investments. New insulation is a cheaper upgrade that brings a return and keeps your home insulated reducing your demand on an HVAC system.

Furnace/Boiler – Most furnaces last for 15 years with proper maintenance. Instead of constantly trying to repair a furnace, invest in a new one. A new furnace will conserve energy while improving the efficiency of your heating system.

Central Air – Most potential buyers are searching for a central air system already in a home. The installation cost varies but you will see a 10% increase to the value of your home.
Life is all about upgrades when needed. Getting a return on your investments shows money spent properly will result in financial growth. It may seem hard to find the right company for the job, but you can depend on A&T HVAC. Call us for an estimate, and any questions on your HVAC systems.

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Do I Need a Water Softener System? https://www.atheatac.com/2020/08/need-water-softener-system/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:49:22 +0000 https://www.atheatac.com/?p=750 We all know the importance of water purifiers, but what about a water softener system? A&T HVAC is here to explain why your household, or office needs one today. For those who are unaware of the importance of a water purifier, they purify water by removing substances like lead in drinking water.  Most offices, homes, […]

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We all know the importance of water purifiers, but what about a water softener system? A&T HVAC is here to explain why your household, or office needs one today.

For those who are unaware of the importance of a water purifier, they purify water by removing substances like lead in drinking water.  Most offices, homes, and reusable water bottles now have purifiers. We classify this tool as a necessity. However, many homeowners did not know the use of a water softener system. Overall, water softeners take out magnesium, calcium, and other metals that are inside your water supply. This process is turning hard water into soft water. Although water systems may seem like a large expense, they are an amazing investment with an instant payout. If you want the best water your home and office can provide while being safe A&T HVAC highly recommends securing a water softener system.

Hard Water, Explained

Contaminants like lead and plastic easily end up in your tap water and other homes across the nation. Also, natural minerals can also get into our water. Of course, these minerals pose no harm to our bodies if we consume them. Generally, mineral water is consumed by the masses every day, because of their added benefits. It’s more than common for zinc, magnesium, and calcium to wind up in our water. Generally, these minerals at higher amounts can do damage to your water supply. Too much calcium and magnesium in the water supply can lead to a buildup. Then this buildup can turn into chalk or limestone thus the issue with hard water. If hard water goes untreated, it can have chalk and limestone form outside of pipes.

What Will a Water Softener System do?

A water softener system will normally add sodium to it. Sodium reduces the buildup of calcium deposits from your pipes. These salt-based softeners are typically used for worst-case scenarios of hard water issues. For minor hard water issues, there are salt-free softeners available to help remove the buildup of minerals. To clarify, they will not pump sodium through your water supply, but remove the minerals through electrical currents. The salt-free systems are more environmentally friendly as well.

Another reason soft water systems are so beneficial is they can also help reduce pipe issues. As we mentioned before, calcium can clog your pipes, thus slowing down your water supply. With the water system in place, it will help reduce any mineral clogging, restore your water flow, and use less water overall. So, this means smaller water bills for your home or office. Lastly, you’ll have a cleaner and tasty drinking water.

A&T HVAC has vast options for water softener systems for you to apply to your home. Our technicians will test for hard water, inspect your plumbing, and can install a softener system. You can reach us by our contact form or call us at (484) 516-1017. We look forward to hearing from you!

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DIY Plumbing: The Need to Know https://www.atheatac.com/2020/07/need-to-know-diy-plumbing/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 17:36:35 +0000 https://www.atheatac.com/?p=755 A&T HVAC is here to save you time, money, and headaches! We’ve selected some of our favorite DIY Plumbing tips to help you secure your home without our help. We know DIY plumbing can be a scary thing to our customers if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, that’s where A&T HVAC can help […]

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DIY Plumbing

A&T HVAC is here to save you time, money, and headaches! We’ve selected some of our favorite DIY Plumbing tips to help you secure your home without our help.

We know DIY plumbing can be a scary thing to our customers if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, that’s where A&T HVAC can help you subside your fears and take control of your plumbing. We have selected some of our favorite tips and tricks you could use to stretch your dollar while fixing your home. Generally, these tips cost under 20 dollars which will save you from calling plumbers that will surely cost more. We know it may sound crazy that plumbers are giving out tips for free, but we want you to protect your home no matter what. If you have a real emergency, we hope you contact A&T.

Pipe Insulation

Some pipes may get caught if moved and shut off the valves. For example, a kitchen sink that has a sink sprayer is our biggest culprit. To combat this pesky movement, add pipe insulation to make the move seamless and easy. If the insulation won’t stay or hold on, simply tape it to the pipes. Normally, insulation costs three dollars.

Pesky Loud Pipes

Hot water can cause copper pipes to expand causing the pipes to grind against hangers and joists. So, we recommend using adhesive-backed felt, then tying the felt around the pipes where the hangers are to reduce and potentially stop the noise.

Drain Vacuum

Hard objects fall into drains and toilets all the time. Trust us, we’ve seen it all. Sometimes a plunger may not be able to get a toothbrush or a toy our of a drain. This is where the drain vacuum comes into play. Suck out the water, and grab the object!

Bucket Flush

When on a plumbing project, try not to run to your neighbors to evacuate. Instead, fill up a gallon bucket with water before turning off your water supply. Flush by dumping the bucket into the toilet. it’s as effective as flushing, although the water will not refill.

A Picture’s Worth…

The walls in your home cover the pipes and plumbing. Because of this, you may tend to forget where the pipes and electrical work are located. Whenever you are remolding, take photos of the inside of the walls to know for certain where the plumbing is located. This helps find piping with ease and reduce headaches while searching.

Clear The Trap

Before you remove your kitchen sink’s trap, plunge it. We recommend giving your drain a few pulls with your toilet plunger. Generally, the plunging will push the water out of the trap, lessening the mess. If the strainer isn’t a screw-down, be prepared to hold it down.

Laslty, A&T HVAC knows a slew of tips and tricks for DIY plumbing and would love to share them all with you.

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Fix That Noisy Air Conditioner Today! https://www.atheatac.com/2020/07/fix-noisy-air-conditioner/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:37:14 +0000 https://www.atheatac.com/?p=735 A&T HVAC knows how annoying that noisy air conditioner can be. How can you fix yours? Summertime is in full effect during July. How can you combat the heat? Since most people are working from home midst of the pandemic they are relying on their home faculties. Generally, the answer is fans or air conditioners. […]

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A&T HVAC knows how annoying that noisy air conditioner can be. How can you fix yours?

Summertime is in full effect during July. How can you combat the heat? Since most people are working from home midst of the pandemic they are relying on their home faculties. Generally, the answer is fans or air conditioners. So, what do you do if the air conditioner is working but so noisy it’s a pain to have it on? A&T believes there is something that is keeping your AC from running smoothly and is fixable.

Too Loud To Start

Firstly, it is important to find the source of this pesky noise. There are plenty of variables as to what is causing the noise. Normally we hear from customers that their unit has always been too loud. This could be that the unit is of lesser technology or it is too big for your living space. One of our professionals will evaluate and diagnose the issue from there.

The Whistler

Have you ever heard the faint sounds of what sounds like someone whistling and whining from your unit? It can be so menacing! This happens because of airflow and air pressure issues within the unit. If there’s something our HVAC professionals can do is fix and master the issues of air pressure issues from your noisy air conditioner.

Moving and Shaking

Sometimes you’ll hear a rattle coming from your AC unit, and you must find out where that noise is located. It could be worn parts that are due for a change. We recommend you give A&T a call for an inspection before there is a major issue.

The Squealer

Our vote for the most annoying sound coming from the AC unit. Likely, the issue comes from a lack of maintenance. Your noisy air conditioner may need a new blower belt or motor shaft bearings.

Finally, contact your local HVAC and plumbing service technical experts to cease the noisy AC. You can reach us by our contact form or call us at (484) 516-1017. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Don’t Forget to Change Your Air Filter! https://www.atheatac.com/2020/06/dont-forget-to-change-your-air-filter/ Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:48:43 +0000 https://www.atheatac.com/?p=705 For those who are unaware, your air filter in your AC is an easy fix with a great impact. You may be asking us, “What is an air filter, and how could I change it?”. For some of you, this may be the first time you even heard of an air filter. Presently, A&T HVAC […]

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For those who are unaware, your air filter in your AC is an easy fix with a great impact.

You may be asking us, “What is an air filter, and how could I change it?”. For some of you, this may be the first time you even heard of an air filter. Presently, A&T HVAC is here to help you understand its use, why, and how it needs to be changed.

Why Change The Filter?

Simply, the air filter’s job is to keep debris out of your HVAC equipment so it can function. Surprisingly, filters collect a lot of dust and debris in very little time. At any point, there may be a buildup if left unchecked. So, what does this mean for your AC? Basically, if the filter is not changed the buildup can cause wear and tear. Not to mention, it could cause a breakdown of your AC unit. Lastly, your AC will not work!

How To Change the Filter?

Firstly, if you do not feel comfortable trying to change the filter on your own, contact a professional. If you are doing it on your own locate the air filter. From there, you’ll have to replace the filter with the correct size. The filter size is usually on the side of the filter. Of course, A&T’s professional service technicians always tell our customers to maintain the air filter. Our firm belief is to maintain the HVAC equipment our customers have by being on top of maintenance. Generally, air filters are a much cheaper investment than buying new HVAC equipment so save your money when you can. Finally, contact your local HVAC and plumbing service technical experts are ready to see to your comfort. Call (484) 516-1017. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Simple Tips to Keep Your Plumbing in Great Shape https://www.atheatac.com/2020/04/simple-tips-to-keep-your-plumbing-in-great-shape/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 17:38:32 +0000 http://atheatac.com/?p=584 Plumbing issues always happen at the wrong time, but here are three ways you can keep those from happening less often. Cleaning Sink Traps: Use a plunger to push most of the water out before removing the trap. The task will be a lot less wet, messy, and makes the plumbing easier on your arms. […]

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Plumbing issues always happen at the wrong time, but here are three ways you can keep those from happening less often.

Cleaning Sink Traps: Use a plunger to push most of the water out before removing the trap. The task will be a lot less wet, messy, and makes the plumbing easier on your arms.

Dislodging a Clog: When trying to dislodge a clog caused by a small, hard object (like a child’s toy, toothbrush, or comb), rely on a wet dry vacuum. It’s more effective to suck the object out. A plunger will only push it deeper into the drain, making it more difficult to remove.

Drip-Drip: A fixture plagued with a drip symbolizes money going down the drain. In fact, a leaky faucet typically wastes up to eight gallons of water per day, while a running toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. Fix small leaks promptly before they become a big and costly problem.

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What are the Common Problems Experienced with a Furnace? https://www.atheatac.com/2020/03/what-are-the-common-problems-experienced-with-a-furnace/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:36:53 +0000 http://atheatac.com/?p=180 Your furnace is the powerhouse behind your home’s heating system There are a few different types of issues you can experience with a furnace, but these are the most common: Pilot Ignition or Thermostat can result in sporadic or no heat. Air-flow. A clogged or dirty air filter may be the culprit, you simply need […]

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Your furnace is the powerhouse behind your home’s heating system

There are a few different types of issues you can experience with a furnace, but these are the most common:

Pilot Ignition or Thermostat can result in sporadic or no heat.

Air-flow. A clogged or dirty air filter may be the culprit, you simply need to change it.

Fan Motors, Bearing, or Belts – This can cause possible overheating or no heat control.

Of course, any furnace issue you are not comfortable with diagnosing should start with an analysis by professional technicians. Please give us a call at (484) 516-1017 and we’ll come to see you as soon as possible.

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Furnace Maintenance https://www.atheatac.com/2020/03/furnace-maintenance/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:36:04 +0000 http://atheatac.com/?p=176 Presently, most hardworking appliances, furnaces require regular upkeep and routine furnace maintenance. According to the NY Times Annual Home Maintenance Checklist, an HVAC professional should clean your furnace on a yearly basis to keep everything running smoothly. So, make sure your furnace stays working! Please give us a call at (484) 516-1017 and we’ll come […]

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Presently, most hardworking appliances, furnaces require regular upkeep and routine furnace maintenance.

According to the NY Times Annual Home Maintenance Checklist, an HVAC professional should clean your furnace on a yearly basis to keep everything running smoothly. So, make sure your furnace stays working!

Please give us a call at (484) 516-1017 and we’ll come see you as son as possible.

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How to Add Home Equity Through HVAC Upgrades https://www.atheatac.com/2019/01/hello-world/ https://www.atheatac.com/2019/01/hello-world/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2019 18:34:25 +0000 http://atheatac.com/?p=1 According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Americans are spending large amounts of money on residential remodeling projects each year and seeing less and less of a return. From 2017 to 2018, the money spent on home remodels nationwide increased by 7.5%, totaling nearly $340 billion. Yet, the average ROI for these projects was […]

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According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Americans are spending large amounts of money on residential remodeling projects each year and seeing less and less of a return.

From 2017 to 2018, the money spent on home remodels nationwide increased by 7.5%, totaling nearly $340 billion. Yet, the average ROI for these projects was only 56% — a decrease of 12% in just one year, as stated in a survey by Remodeling Magazine. When you’re planning a renovation project in preparation to sell your home, the key to maximizing ROI and avoiding costly renovation mistakes is knowing which upgrades will add the most value. HVAC upgrades will always be a safe bet and a smart investment — and yet, these home improvements are some of the most commonly overlooked by homeowners and flippers.

In today’s market, it’s riskier than ever to make the wrong renovations. You could end up spending thousands of dollars on kitchen and bathroom upgrades that never pay themselves off. Below, you’ll find an explanation of why HVAC upgrades are your best bet, backed by a list of upgrades that will almost always pay off and help you sell your home faster.

WHY INVEST IN YOUR HOME’S HVAC SYSTEM

Upgrades like refinished cabinets and new countertops are nice to have, but HVAC updates within your system are critical. While homebuyers won’t notice a brand-new HVAC system, they’ll definitely spot an old or broken one — and it might cost you the sale. A prospective buyer probably won’t automatically walk away from a home without all the newest gadgets, but they won’t even look twice at a home that lacks basic heating and cooling abilities.

As such, you should take HVAC renovations quite seriously and make them a priority over new flooring, paint, and other aesthetic or luxury upgrades. You might hesitate when you look into the costs, but The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that HVAC remodels have a higher average return on investment than most other types of remodeling projects, yielding a return of up to 71%.

Learn More: A 2018 Cost vs Value Report for Remodeling Projects by Remodeling Magazine

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN UPDATING YOUR HVAC SYSTEM

The secret to knowing which HVAC upgrades to make is understanding which ones are best for the kind of house you have and the people you intend to sell to, according to the program manager of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). You’ll want to take into account the region, the age and size of your home, your budget, and the layout of your property. With these factors in mind, you can get an idea of your HVAC system upgrade options by clicking here or by asking yourself the questions listed below.

Is your current HVAC system still working well?

During the home-selling process, you can bet that people will ask you the age of your HVAC system. If it was installed less than 10 years ago, it very likely has several good years of use left in it, and anything newer isn’t likely to make a difference in home value or offers from potential buyers. If the current components are still operating optimally, there’s no use in shelling out money to fix what isn’t broken. Anything older than 15 years old, however, will be a turnoff to buyers. At this point, consider replacing the HVAC system completely.

Can you get away with an HVAC repair rather than a replacement?

If your HVAC unit is less than 10 years old but functions like it needs to be upgraded, you might be able to get away with some simple repairs rather than a complete system overhaul. To find out if you should repair or replace an HVAC system, multiply the age of your existing unit by the cost of the repair. If the total is more than $5,000, you’re better off replacing the system than repairing it.

If you still have doubts about what to do, click here for additional tips.

Is your home located in a climate that requires heating and/or cooling?

Upgrading an HVAC system in a geographical location that doesn’t necessitate air conditioning or heating will not add value to your home. For example, it would be a waste of money to upgrade a heating system in a place like Southern California where temperatures are consistently warm and the heater would not be used.

On the other hand, if your property is located somewhere with a harsher climate, experts say that upgrading your HVAC system will help you sell your house faster. For example, upgrading to a solar heating system would be a smart move if your home is located somewhere sunny, whereas a heat pump would be an appealing feature for a home located in a desert climate.

Do you currently have energy-efficient HVAC units?

Efficiency-labeled homes are increasing in preference and popularity among new homebuyers (because who doesn’t want to save on their utility bills?). When it comes to increasing the resale value of your home, upgrading to energy-efficient HVAC appliances is one of the smartest moves you can make to stand out in today’s competitive housing market.

As reported by energy.gov and the US Green Building Council, homes that have energy-efficient HVAC systems see a 5% to 8% higher selling value compared to homes without this feature. If your unit is too big, too small, or too old for your house, consider making the upgrade to minimize energy waste and attract buyers. Some states even offer tax breaks for homeowners with energy-efficient HVAC systems. You can find out which incentives your state currently offers by clicking here.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR HVAC UPGRADES

It’s hard to go wrong with most basic HVAC upgrades, especially if the home you’re renovating is more than 20 years old. Experts in real estate all agree that, even though you may only recover 50% or less of certain HVAC investments, an upgrade could capture the interest of buyers and make it worth the purchase.

Refer to the list of HVAC-related upgrade ideas below for easy ways to considerably increase your home value and make your property more competitive on the market. While reading, keep in mind how much you want to spend and the current condition of your existing HVAC units.

Basic HVAC upgrade options

[H4] Insulation

Poor insulation is an easy fix and a low-risk investment that yields a 95% to 116% return. Fiberglass insulation only costs around $1,200 on average and yields a $1,400 return upon resale within a year of completion.

Properly insulated walls improve a home’s ability to regulate internal temperatures and reduce the demand on its HVAC system. In theory, an insulation upgrade would be easy for the homebuyer to do on their own. Realistically, however, most buyers want their new house to be move-in ready and won’t want to take on any projects after a move. Most people are willing to pay a little extra for HVAC upgrades, which makes this a great selling point to disclose.

Learn More: Find Out Which Type of Insulation You Need for the Project (Department of Energy)

Furnace/Boiler

Replacing an old furnace or boiler is an easy upgrade that doesn’t require much labor. Most furnaces can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance, but most older heating appliances require frequent, pricey repairs and cost a lot to run. By switching to a new heating appliance, you conserve energy and improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system, which is attractive to potential buyers.

Learn More: Which Heating Upgrade Is Best for Your Home?

To check the age of your furnace, scan its surface for a tag with a serial number. This number usually tells you the age of your unit. For example, if a serial number is something like 1194CA4678, the first four digits mean that the furnace was manufactured on the 11th week of 1994. Dates after 2000 are usually encoded in the last three to six digits of the serial number (for example, 69809-1032708 would mean that the furnace was manufactured in July of 2008).

Air Ducts

If you are replacing an old HVAC system with a more efficient one, you might need to upgrade your ductwork to accommodate it. Ductwork is made to last 25 years at the most, but it starts to degrade about 15 years in. Deterioration will reduce the efficiency of an HVAC system significantly, so it’s a good idea to replace the ductwork if you plan to sell your home in the near future. Doing so will improve your home’s air quality and ensure that it meets the level of cleanliness recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Windows

Even if the walls of your home are highly insulated, it won’t do much good if the windows aren’t equally energy-efficient. Approximately 35% of a home’s heat escapes through low-quality windows. By spending $15,000 to upgrade to double- or triple-pane vinyl-insulated windows, you can recover about 74% of your energy costs and increase your home value by about $11,000, according to Remodeling Magazine.

A survey by the NAHB also revealed that homebuyers of all economic backgrounds ranked energy-efficient windows among their most-wanted home features, making this upgrade a no-brainer. In addition to reducing drafts and boosting heating efficiency, your new windows reassure your homebuyer that they’ll reap long-term savings on their heating and cooling bills when they purchase your home.

Roof

While the roof serves to protect everything under it, it’s also an important insulator. Inefficient roofing materials account for 25% of heat loss. Just by upgrading to modern, high-tech shingles, you can relieve a lot of the strain on your HVAC system and improve your indoor comfort. Asphalt shingles can lower a roof’s surface temperature by up to 50 degrees and increase home value by $12,000. Investing in a new roof might seem like a big expense, but the NAR has shown that you can recover 105% of the cost at resale.

Central Air

People want to be comfortable in every room of their home all year long. Most homebuyers today consider central heating and air conditioning a standard feature rather than an upgrade, so without it, you may struggle to get an offer close to what you’ve asked for — or to sell your home at all. A central air installation can cost anywhere from $6,000 to 15,000, but it could increase your home value by up to 10%. Some simple math on your part will help you decide whether this investment will yield enough of a return to be worth the hassle.

Doors and Weather Stripping

Another way to significantly improve your HVAC efficiency with minimal labor is to upgrade to energy-efficient doors and repair or replace any old weather stripping. Some of the most energy-efficient materials available for residential doors include fiberglass, steel, and vinyl. Try to avoid wood and glass if your goal is to prevent airflow. After replacing your door, you should see a return of 75% to 91% of your investment upon resale, depending on the type of door you’ve chosen. You might even have better curb appeal and attract more prospects when you give your house a quick facelift with a new door.

When choosing a door, look for the label of the National Fenestration Rating Council that indicates how good of an insulator that particular door will be.

Learn More: How to Choose the Right Door or The Ultimate Guide to Doors

When swapping out your door, don’t forget about the weather stripping. New weather stripping will ensure a tight seal around your doors and windows and prevent air leaks. This is one of the cheapest upgrades you can make to your home, ranging from $130 to $340.

If you’d like a more exact estimate, you can calculate the cost of replacing the weather stripping around your door here.

Luxury HVAC Renovation Options

If the HVAC system of the home you’re selling is already in ship-shape and you still have some funds for home upgrades, consider adding a luxury HVAC feature based on the luxury upgrades popular in your area. Jill Simmons, the Director of Consumer Communications for Zillow, stated that, “Having smart home features like smart thermostats are great features to tout in listing descriptions and may help attract a buyer’s eye, which can go a long way when it’s time to sell. Additionally, smart home features may signal to buyers that the home is updated and may have other desirable traits, upgrades, or features.”

She goes on to recommend that, when choosing smart upgrades, you should be mindful of your neighborhood’s trends, the style of your house, and its value. Try to add luxury features that appeal to a wide range of buyers rather than limiting yourself to one type of person. Some upgrades may be so out of place that they don’t yield any return on the investment. For reliable advice, talk to a real estate agent about which features will be most suitable for your property. Some of your options are listed below.

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF)

Residential variant refrigerant flow (VRF) systems are becoming increasingly common in luxury homes. These systems operate quietly at high efficiencies to appease the most environmentally conscious homeowner. VRF units are installed in every room so that, no matter where you spend your time, you aren’t cooling or heating space you aren’t using. These systems are perfect for newly constructed residences or for replacing old cooling systems.

Smart Thermostat
Another NAHB survey showed that smart thermostats are now ranking in the top three most desirable home technologies among homeowners and prospective buyers. These devices allow you to control your home energy consumption and regulate temperatures from your smart device. The cost of a smart thermostat can range from $150 to $400+, not including installation, but you can find affordable options below $150 on Amazon.

With the way the world is going, home appraisers are beginning to include smart devices in-home appraisals, according to Realtor.com. Consumer Reports reveals that smart home features like smart thermostats can bump your home’s resale value by up to 5%. For example, that would be a $20,000 value added to a $400,000 home simply because consumers are willing to pay more for a house with modern amenities.

Whole-Home Dehumidifiers

A humid climate can be difficult to live in, but dehumidifiers are great smart devices to help with controlling humidity in the home. They can be integrated with a residential HVAC system to produce consistent air quality across all areas of a house so there’s never a difference in comfort as you move around indoors. Whole-home dehumidifiers can cost between $1,300 and $2,800, but the cost might be a great selling point for prospective buyers if you live in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, or another humid place.

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