So many people ask us whether updating their air conditioning will add to their home’s value! It’s a good question, too! Here’s what we have to say on the matter.
When Should I Update My A/C?
There are a few important factors to consider when it comes to air conditioning and home value.
Is your system working? If your system isn’t working and you’ve been living without air conditioning, you should definitely install a new system before you try to sell the house. Potential buyers will be put off by an air conditioner that doesn’t work.
Is your system energy-efficient? If you’re in a competitive selling environment, having an energy-efficient HVAC system can help your home sell faster. In general, homes with energy-efficient systems sell for more than those without them, though the amount that you get may not cover the cost of installing the system itself.
Is your system old? If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you may get more for your home by installing a new one. This is especially true if most of the other homes for sale in your area have older systems.
Call Larry & Sons to Discuss AC Upgrades!
If you’d like to consult with a professional about whether your air conditioning needs upgrading or whether doing so would add value to your house, contact us at Larry & Sons today! We can also help you find the perfect new A/C system for your house so you can sell it fast. Fill out a contact form here!
Some plumbing problems are more common in the summer than at any other time of year. Here’s what you should be watching for this summer so you can keep your home working well all summer long.
Sudden thunderstorms or downpours are more common in the summer than at other times of year. These can flood your basement and do a lot of damage quickly. If you don’t have a sump pump, consider installing one. If you do have one, take a few minutes to test it before the next storm comes.
Sprinkler heads break relatively easily, especially with increased foot traffic on lawns and with the weekly use of lawn mowers. These can cause all sorts of flooding and other plumbing problems. Make sure you check your sprinklers regularly during the summer and that you replace any broken parts as soon as possible. You can also check for overgrown or soggy areas in your lawn, as this can indicate a sprinkler issue.
Clogged Shower Drains
When you spend time at the lake, the river, the beach, or even out in your backyard, you end up with more dirt and debris washing off in the shower. It can be hard for your normal water pressure to wash these all the way down the drain and into your sewer. You can end up with significant clogs after everyday activities. Do your best to rinse off with a hose before you shower to avoid these problems.
If you have air conditioning, you’re probably enjoying it a lot these days. However, if you’re like most homeowners, you hate paying for the energy that your A/C unit uses. Here are some ways to make the most out of the money you spend on air conditioning services in Hagerstown!
Choose a Venting Strategy
Depending on how your home is laid out and where your vents are, you may choose to close some of them at different times of day. You can cool the downstairs when you’re there, then cool the upstairs at night. You may also want to close vents that lead to bathrooms or laundry rooms where you don’t really need cold air.
Unblock Your Vents
Make sure the vents you want to use aren’t covered or blocked in any way. This can keep your cold air from circulating as designed. Remove furniture, drapes, baskets, and more to clear the way!
Use Fans Wisely
Both ceiling fans and portable fans can help you stay cooler. Fans are designed to cool people, not air. If you’re in a room with a fan, it can help you stay cooler by moving the air against your skin, but it won’t help you lower the temperature of the room. Turn on fans when you’re in a room, then turn them off when you leave. Make sure your fans are spinning the proper direction for summer!
Are you thinking about installing a new air conditioner but you’re not sure if it’s worth the process of putting in a whole central A/C system with ductwork and everything? At Larry & Sons, we get a lot of questions from people about what would be best for them. We always recommend that they base their decision off answers to a couple of questions.
Can Your Building Support Central A/C Components?
If your building was built without ductwork or other components required by a central air conditioning system, you’ll need to get it evaluated to determine whether or not it could support these. If it cannot, then we can help you determine the best A/C solution for you. That may be a window unit air conditioner or it may be another type.
If the building can support central A/C, we can install it for you as soon as possible!
How Often Do You Use Your A/C?
If you don’t like air conditioning or you wouldn’t use it very often, a window unit or a portable air conditioner might be the best option. That way, you don’t have to pay to install a whole system for just a couple of weeks of use every year.
If you would like to have air conditioning for most of the summer, though, then central A/C or one of our other air conditioning solutions might be a better choice for you.