Is it worth investing in energy-efficiency upgrades today if you plan to sell your home in the near future? The answer is yes, because increasing numbers of home buyers place energy savings high on their criteria list. This increases the pool of prospective buyers for your home. The result can be selling your home faster and increasing the competition for purchase.
Often prospective buyers are even willing to pay a premium for greener dwellings that offer some of the following improvements:
- Bathrooms that are updated to help reduce water consumption and water heating costs - Think low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets.
- Energy Star appliances in the kitchen - Even if your entire kitchen isn't remodeled, installing efficient appliances makes your home more attractive to would-be buyers.
- A programmable thermostat on your HVAC system - This lets potential owners know you're serious about maximizing heating and cooling efficiency.
- Generous attic insulation - Homebuyers want to know their energy dollars won't be wasted in an inadequately-insulated home. For the greatest benefit, you need a total R-value of 50 in your attic insulation.
- Up-to-date weatherizing - Invest in caulk, foam sealant and weatherstripping, and eliminate air leaks around your home's exterior. Then head indoors and check the attic and basement, as well as any spots where heated and unheated spaces connect. Check your work by having a home performance energy audit performed for your home. This will verify its energy efficiency in a tangible way that you can show to a prospective buyer.
- New, Energy Star-rated windows - Attractive, efficient windows are more than a source of energy savings. They can actually help warm a home by reflecting radiant heat back indoors.
- An upgraded HVAC system - An older, inefficient heat pump, furnace or A/C detracts from the appeal and value of your home. On the flip side, your new high-efficiency system could seal the deal if buyers are choosing between homes.
For more advice on energy-efficiency upgrades, contact the pros at P. K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We’ve served the HVAC needs of homeowners in the greater Cleveland area since 1936.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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