5 HVAC Upgrades That Increase Home Value in Solomons, MD

Many HVAC upgrades are worthwhile because they can replace an old and inefficient piece of equipment and make your life easier. In addition to these direct and immediate benefits, some HVAC upgrades can also increase the value of your home in Solomons, MD. Here are five HVAC upgrades that can increase home value:

HVAC Replacement

As it ages, your HVAC system’s power and efficiency decline, which can raise your energy bills. Naturally, a home with a weak and dysfunctional HVAC system won’t be worth as much as a home with an HVAC system that works well. Hence, one of the simplest things you can do to boost your home’s equity is to replace your HVAC system after it gets too old.

Before making this decision, you should mull a few things over. First, check the age of your HVAC system. If it’s 15 to 20 years old or older, upgrading may be wise; if it’s less than 10 years old, it’s probably not worth it to do so.

Next, consider the kind of shape that your system is in at the moment. Ask yourself whether its parts seem to function well and whether it needs repairs more than once or twice per year. If you aren’t sure about the answers to these questions, call an HVAC service technician for a maintenance review.

Heat Pump Installation

If you have a traditional HVAC system that’s sufficiently old or broken down to justify replacement, consider getting a heat pump instead. Heat pumps run only on electricity. Unlike ordinary central HVAC systems that include a gas furnace, they don’t pollute the environment. Furthermore, they’re much more efficient than their traditional counterparts.

Getting a heat pump may increase your home value by anywhere between $10,400 and $17,000. This makes the often hefty installation cost of such systems — especially high in the case of geothermal heat pumps — a prudent long-term investment.

New Windows

Some of the biggest losses in HVAC efficiency that homeowners can experience stem from their windows. This might be the case because some people forget to close their windows properly or because the windows themselves don’t seal off your home enough. As a result, heat either radiates out of your home during the winter or into your home during the summer, forcing your HVAC system to work harder and consume more energy.

If you replace your old windows with new sets of double-paned ones, you can significantly cut down on this unwanted heat transfer in both directions. You can also get windows that have only one pane that opens instead of two.

Better Insulation

Insulation in your walls, ceiling and HVAC ductwork can curtail the unwanted radiation of heat in the same way as new windows. Aging insulation can even be a breeding ground for moisture and various microorganisms. As a result, it can introduce rot into your home and compromise its structural integrity. We strongly recommend asking specialists to examine and upgrade your insulation once every 15 years.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are extremely powerful devices that can bring you almost too many different conveniences to count. They allow you to precisely calibrate when and for how long your HVAC system will work. Smart thermostats also give you strict control over the temperature in your home.

They can also gather data from other devices in your home’s Wi-Fi network about when you’re in which rooms and modify your HVAC system’s behavior accordingly. All of these things substantially raise your system’s efficiency and your home value.

There are many ways for you to reap the fruits of HVAC upgrades. Some of these make your home in Solomons, MD, more valuable. Call B.M.C. Clower Heating and Air Conditioning, ask for our HVAC services and start boosting your home equity.

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