An HVAC investment for your Bath, Pennsylvania, home isn’t always where you want to spend your money, but it’s never a waste. Some investments you make because you have to while others you make because you want to see a return. That return could be money on your utility bills, the resale value of your home, or even an investment into your family’s health. These seven HVAC investments offer the greatest returns.
Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems
When your HVAC system starts to age, it pulls more electricity or gas than when it was most efficient. Even if your system has a little life left in it, it’s still worth considering upgrading your system to a more energy-efficient one. These systems are designed to use less energy than others. Look for Energy Star products to help make sure you’re getting the most efficient systems. For air conditioners, the higher the SEER rating, generally the more efficient the system. You will see a return through your energy bills and if you eventually sell your home.
Investing in a preventative maintenance plan helps to keep your warranty valid, save on energy bills, prevent unexpected breakdowns, and improve your home resale value. By investing in a maintenance plan or agreement, your contractor thoroughly checks your system. By cleaning and checking your system, it works as efficiently as possible. The contractor can also spot small problems before they become catastrophic.
Winter and Summer Window Treatments
Window treatments are a small investment, but you might be surprised at the difference they can make. Using heavier curtains in the winter prevents cold air from coming into your home and warm air from escaping. Changing out those heavier curtains for lighter, sheer curtains in the spring and fall helps to warm your home naturally. Closing the blinds in the summer prevents the sun from heating up your home. All these small things lighten the load off of your HVAC system and help to save on utilities.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat already, you should get one soon. When used correctly, programmable thermostats help to save money on your bills by fluctuating the temperature in your home automatically after it’s set. A smart thermostat is even more efficient since you can control it from your smartphone. If the weather changes suddenly, you can change your thermostat to allow for it.
Geothermal energy is a significant investment, but it also offers a superior return. One of the latest trends in the HVAC industry is geothermal heat pumps, which take energy from the ground to heat or cool the home. There is significant savings on energy bills using geothermal energy and could also improve the home’s resale value. Furthermore, some states even offer tax credits for investing in this type of sustainable energy.
Air Quality Improvements
Most people don’t give a lot of thought to indoor air quality unless there are respiratory concerns, like asthma, in the family. For people who have respiratory issues, air quality is a huge deal. Even for those families who don’t, they should still be concerned about the air quality in their home. Have your air quality tested and investigate ways to improve it. These improvements include humidifiers, ventilators, and air purifiers. Not only are you investing in your home, but you are also investing in your family’s health.
If you’re adding an addition to your home, or if you’re ready to upgrade your system, consider upgrading to a ductless system to save money. Ductless systems use less energy than their alternatives. Ductless systems can also improve the air quality in your home. Finally, if you’re not using a system with ducts, you don’t have to worry about getting them cleaned or sealed to make sure you aren’t losing energy or degrading your air quality.
If you’re looking to upgrade your HVAC system and get a return on that investment, Sullivan Heating and Cooling can help. Call 610-813-6555 to speak to an experienced professional about your HVAC needs today.
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