When Selling Your Home, HVAC Upkeep Is Essential
Selling your Buford home is a multi-step process. Decluttering, hiring a realtor, touching up paint - these are all things you need to make time for to get your house ready for showing. You can reduce the stress involved by ensuring that essential parts of your home that run behind the scenes, like the HVAC equipment, are in good condition.
Here are five ways to get your HVAC system ready when you’re selling your home:
- Check related components, like the ducts. When ducts leak air through the connections and joints, energy costs skyrocket. Experts estimate that the average home’s duct system loses as much as 30 percent of the heated and cooled air traveling through it. A high-performance furnace and A/C unit depends on tightly sealed ductwork. Take the time to seal the ducts using mastic sealant or metal-backed tape - products that are specifically designed for keeping ducts sealed shut.
- Inspect the home’s insulation. Much like leaky ductwork, improper insulation will let cool air into the home during winter and warm air in during summer. In both seasons, a poorly insulated home drives energy costs up and HVAC system performance down. Make your home more attractive by insulating key areas such as the attic, a place that’s easy to access. Choosing the right part of your home for investment in improvements offers a higher return.
- Seal the home’s exterior. Leaks in the home’s exterior shell, called the envelope, also lead to poor HVAC performance. That’s because cracks and gaps open up around windows and doors, where utilities enter the home, and around ductwork that juts through the attic floor, along with other areas. In these places, air runs in and out of the home, raising or lowering the indoor temperature, depending on the season. As a result, the HVAC system must compensate and run longer to restore the proper temperature. This vicious cycle leads to energy waste and increased wear and tear on the HVAC system, too. Use interior caulk and expanding spray foam sealant, and work your way around the home, sealing leaks between floors and in the envelope.
- Schedule HVAC maintenance. Arguably one of the best ways to maintain and improve performance is to schedule HVAC maintenance with a local contractor as soon as you can. If you’ve neglected to maintain the system, it’s not too late. An HVAC contractor will inspect the system, look for potential problems and thoroughly clean it. Keeping up with annual service ensures optimal performance, a value that prospective homebuyers will be looking for.
- Keep up with routine maintenance. Homeowners also can participate in routine maintenance tasks to drive up HVAC efficiency. Change the air filter every month during seasons of regular use, and keep the outdoor unit free of dirt and debris.
Armed with these strategic tips for keeping your HVAC system in peak condition, you’ll increase the value of your home and boost your chances of selling your home more quickly. To schedule HVAC maintenance, contact Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.