HVAC upgrades can upgrade buyer interest when you’re selling your home. While cosmetic improvements to the house such as a new coat of paint makes an initial positive impression, permanent upgrades to systems and structure are what really motivate serious homebuyers.
Informed buyers know that certain HVAC upgrades can deliver more effective and reliable heating and cooling at lower monthly costs over the long run. Superficial makeovers may catch the eye, but these HVAC upgrades actually inspire higher offers from motivated buyers.
Replace Older Units
Central air conditioners typically last an average of 15 years, while gas-fired furnaces are usually good for 20. Many informed buyers do not want to be faced with the expense of replacing worn-out, marginal HVAC units soon after purchasing a house. Replacing an aging AC or furnace (or both) before you put the house on the market is one of the HVAC upgrades that leads to higher offers and a faster sale.
If you’re selling your house in the foreseeable future, when upgrading old HVAC units, consider new high-efficiency options. Central air conditioners with SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings above 14 and furnaces with Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 90% or more will cost more upfront. However, substantially reduced operating costs over the extended life of these units — plus advanced cooling or heating technology — will be very attractive selling points when you put the home on the market.
Upgrade Individual Components
If you’re leaving the existing system in place, invest in smaller HVAC upgrades to boost buyer interest. Replacing an old-school, single-speed system blower with a programmable, variable-speed blower provides a wide range of continuous air circulation for more consistent temperature control and up to 80% less electricity consumption. To reduce the indoor effects of our western Ohio humidity, a whole-house dehumidifier installed directly into home ductwork automatically keeps air quality in all rooms comfortable and healthy.
For more ideas about HVAC upgrades that attract the best offers when selling a house, ask the professionals at Detmer and Sons.