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Air Conditioning Units and Home Values

Did you know that the type of Air Conditioner unit you have installed in your home will affect its value? If you are in the market for a new AC these are some things to consider in order to get the most return on your investment down the road. Now is a good time to consider looking into AC repairs or replacement, before the summer gets here and you may be stuck with a HVAC emergency instead of an opportunity to do your research and choose wisely. Take a moment to look over this information and give 1st Home & Commercial Services a call to discuss your options in more detail.

When you are looking to install an AC in a house, you have three options; central, ductless split systems, and window units. A central AC system operates with a compressor coil outside of the house. The unit is connected to vents through a duct system that reaches each room. The system works in unison to cool and dehumidify the whole house. A ductless split AC works like a central system, but is attached to a wall mounted unit that is made to work in a single room. Window units can be placed in a window and are all the AC components and compressor coil in one box.

If you are looking for a way to increase property value, a central AC system is the way to go. If your house does not have one already, installing a new system will significantly increase property value and sales price. If you have a central AC unit and it is showing its age or having issues, replacing with a new unit will be a very attractive feature to potential home buyers.

Window units can be noisy and should be removed during the winter months. A ductless system removes the negative components of a window unit, but still only cools one room.

Installation costs for a central AC system can vary greatly depending on the size of the building and whether there is an existing duct system. You can expect to spend at least $3500, but costs can quickly rise depending on how complicated the project becomes. While installation costs are high, you will see an immediate return on your investment in most cases with lower energy bills since a new system will be more efficient. The National Association of Realtors has estimated that the average home owner sees a 12 % boost in home value by adding a new central AC system to a house. Make sure you point out the new addition when a home inspector appraises your property.

Are you in the market for a new home? Here are a couple of things to look for and questions to ask before you buy a new home. Check on the outside of the building for a compressor unit which will indicate a central AC unit is installed. The unit will be on the side or back of the house. Before submitting an offer, check to find out the system’s age and that it is working properly. If you suspect that the unit is older, it would be worth the additional investment to have a trained HVAC professional look over the unit. Many home inspectors will not catch issues with the AC. An older AC unit will not be as efficient as a new unit and will need to be replaced sooner.

In Central Texas, air conditioning is essential during the hot summer months. Selecting the right unit will make a difference in home value and if you are selling, in buyer’s interest level. Make sure to do your homework and secure the very best deal. Always keep 1st Home & Commercial Services in mind when you have a HVAC question or concern. We are here to help.

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