Monthly energy savings aren’t the only bonus of pursuing energy-efficiency upgrades in your Georgia home. The words “green” and “eco-friendly” have begun to appear in real-estate ads, enticing homebuyers focused on long-term energy savings once they move in. The right energy-efficient modifications can improve your home’s resale value, and make it a more attractive option for future homebuyers.
The key is to invest in energy-efficiency upgrades and replacements buyers are most interested in.
Professional Energy Audit. Before you start deciding to upgrade, consider having a professional energy audit performed, using the HERS-index, so you can prioritize your upgrades and have an official document to show prospective buyers. The results of the audit can help you create a multi-year plan and budget, if you can’t afford to complete the recommendations all at once.
Energy Star appliances. Consumers know that Energy Star-certified appliances are significantly more energy efficient than standard models. If you have outdated appliances, consider replacing them with their Energy Star counterparts. You’ll reap immediate benefits in terms of energy savings, and buyers will appreciate the modern upgrades.
Replace outdated HVAC equipment. One of the most energy-efficient upgrades you can make is replacing outdated heating and cooling equipment. Aging heating and cooling systems, or poorly designed and maintained ductwork, can cost homeowners thousands of dollars per year in energy waste and excessive repair bills.
Evaluate your insulation. Is your insulation up to current energy-efficiency standards? Look at the insulation in your attic and crawl spaces and see if the R-value meets current recommendations for Zone 3. If you live in an older home, you may not have a sufficient quantity of insulation, or the insulation may have holes or gaps, permitting heat transfer. Adequate insulated will improve whole-house comfort year-round and will lower your heating and cooling costs.
As far as your own cost savings are concerned, the sooner you make your energy-efficiency upgrades the better. HVAC, insulation and window upgrades may still qualify for generous 2013 federal tax credits.
Please contact us at Powers Heating & Air about energy-efficiency upgrades that will up the value of your Peachtree City area home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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