If you’re planning on home renovations that can add value to your property, consider upgrading your HVAC system. It not only improves your comfort, but it’s also attractive to potential homebuyers. Below are some of these upgrades that can increase the value of your Columbus, GA, home.
1. Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are increasingly trending home technologies among homeowners and potential buyers. They allow you to control your heating and cooling system more effectively and conveniently. It automatically adjusts temperatures and relieves you from having to manually change them every time the weather changes.
For example, the thermostat will learn your schedule and adjust settings in preparation for your return from work. A programmable thermostat is a great selling point to your potential buyers.
2. Zoning System
Zoning systems allow you to regulate temperature settings for specific areas in your home. They minimize hot and cold spots and allow you to use the HVAC system only in occupied rooms. Zoning reduces the wastage of energy by only heated and cooled spaces getting used.
It also reduces conflict among family members who prefer different temperature settings. Your existing system’s ductwork will accommodate dampers that will make zoning an additional convenience and money-saver.
The Residential Variant Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is the new zoning system gaining popularity for homes. The system works quietly and efficiently and can be a great selling point to environmentally conscious homebuyers.
3. Improve Your Air Filtration
If there is any member of your family suffering from air quality-related health conditions, invest in air filtration systems. Systems such as UV light air purifiers and whole-house air cleaners improve your indoor air quality and add value to your home.
Indoor air pollution causes health conditions such as allergies and asthma. We also recommend investing in air filters monthly to protect yourself and the loved ones.
4. Invest in Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)
An ERV is another HVAC upgrade that can add value to your home. The system works by removing stale indoor air and exchanging it with fresh outdoor air. In the process, it also preserves heat energy and prevents your HVAC system from working more than it should.
This device creates a natural way of cleaning indoors and can attract potential homebuyers. Contact your local HVAC contractor for installation.
5. Invest in Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Apart from controlling the temperature, check the humidity levels in your home. During summer, humidity levels tend to be high and pose a health risk to your loved ones. On the other hand, in winter, humidity levels are sometimes lower than recommended and may also pose a health risk to your family.
High humidity levels promote the growth of microbes, that if inhaled, cause allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms. It also damages your wood household items such as the floor and furniture. HVAC experts, therefore, recommend investing in dehumidifiers or humidifiers to control the humidity levels, if needed, and improve your home equity.
Energy-efficient homes are attractive to most potential homebuyers. One way to improve your system’s energy efficiency is by adding proper insulation. Although they are an easy fix and low-risk investment, they go a long way to reduce your energy consumption.
Properly insulating your attic and your ductwork will regulate the indoor temperature and reduce your dependence on the HVAC system. Although your potential homebuyers may install insulation themselves, they would prefer a ready-to-move-in house. This preference may allow you to raise the asking price for your property as an energy-efficient home.
7. Upgrade Your Air Ductwork
If you’re replacing your old heating and cooling system, upgrade the ducts to accommodate it. The ductwork may last for up to 20 years but start to develop problems in about 15 years of operation. Deteriorating ductwork reduces the airflow and significantly reduces the HVAC efficiency.
Therefore, it is advisable to repair or replace them if you’re planning an HVAC system replacement before listing your property. By doing so, you improve your system’s efficiency and increase the value of your home.
For more information about HVAC maintenance, contact Indoor Solutions. Our team of experts will help you with all system upgrades.
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