Upgrading your HVAC system is a commonly overlooked way to increase both your home’s value and comfort while improving indoor air quality. Even if you’re not planning on selling your house anytime soon, HVAC upgrades are an excellent approach for enhancing home energy efficiency and lowering utility bills. In this post, our HVAC technicians at Grandmark Service Company have created this brief guide discussing the different HVAC upgrade types and how they benefit Fresno customers.
Even Minor HVAC Upgrades Can Yield Big Returns
While updating your bathroom and installing new kitchen cabinets are great ways to refresh your interior design, these elements are hardly as critical as your HVAC system. What’s more, many homeowners rarely think about their heating and air system until after an unexpected failure. Nevertheless, refreshing your HVAC should be just as high of a priority as keeping up with your exterior paint and interior flooring maintenance. Likewise, the price tag of restoring an older heating and air system can influence homeowners to delay their upgrade plans.
Even small upgrades to your existing HVAC system, though, have a higher return over most other home remodeling projects. According to the National Realtors Association, the ROI on even basic HVAC upgrades can be as high as 71 percent.
The Different Types of HVAC Upgrades
Before approaching any HVAC restoration project, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the various benefits of enhancing your heating and air system. To determine the best option for meeting your goals, consider other factors, like your budget and property size. With that mentioned, here are the different types of HVAC upgrades you can make and how these improvements improve efficiency, air quality, and home comfort:
High-Efficiency HVAC System Upgrades
Heating and cooling systems less than 10 years old typically have several years of use left in them. In this case, replacing the unit, unless it’s faulty, won’t likely increase the value of your property. Assuming your system functions as it should, there are a few reliable strategies for improving efficiency. You can start scheduling a preseason maintenance tune-up with one of our technicians at Grandmark Service Company. We’ll change the air filters, clean the system’s coils, and inspect the ductwork.
Regular tune-ups like these help extend the life of your existing HVAC. A seasonal checkup also can help you save as much as 15% on your energy bills during peak weather. For units older than 15 years, contact our team for information on how the latest high-efficiency HVAC systems can produce energy savings as high as 30%.
Upgrades That Enhance Indoor Air Quality
Air pollution is a concern for many Fresno residents. However, it’s easy to forget that the indoor air in your home can be far more contaminated than the air outside. Indoor air pollutants and allergens invite a diverse range of potential health problems you can avoid after making a few simple HVAC upgrades. You can start reducing indoor air pollutant levels by ensuring that your home is well-ventilated. On average, you accomplish this by simply opening the windows in the house. However, on hotter or cooler days in Fresno, you’ll need to rely on your air system with the windows closed.
Installing additional fans can also improve indoor air quality. The fans will help send potentially caustic exhaust fumes from your house to the outdoors. This is an especially effective solution if you don’t already have kitchen and bathroom fans. They push contaminates out of your house and increase overall indoor air ventilation for a healthier indoor living environment.
Install HVAC Smart Thermostats for Greater Comfort and Savings
Smart thermostats are highly effective in reducing both your energy bill and carbon emissions. The technology relies on AI and machine learning to adapt to your energy consumption habits. Smart thermostats offer a highly effective tool for keeping your home’s temperatures consistent, even under extreme climate conditions. If you leave the house for extended periods daily, you don’t want to leave your heat or AC running. At the same time, waiting for comfort as you restart the system after returning home for the day can be a burden.
You can program your smart thermostat system in such a way that allows you to conserve energy while at work without waiting for your HVAC to do its job after you get home. A trusted member of our HVAC team at Grandmark Service Company can inspect your existing unit to ensure its compatibility with smart thermometer technology.
Optimize Heating and Cooling With Ductwork Upgrades
If your heat and air system’s ducts have some age on them, consider upgrading these components. Leaky ducts expel large amounts of air in your home where they don’t benefit you. When your ducts display visible gaps in the seams, these pieces are failing. It’s time to replace them. Your new ducts will form a tight seal to permit adequate circulation and create a safer, more comfortable indoor air environment.
Duct replacement can be a challenge, however. You’ll have to ensure the ducts are the right size for the specified application before you purchase and install new ductwork. That’s why you should always consult with an experienced professional. Our team can help you choose the most suitable materials for your home.
Insulation Upgrades for Improved HVAC Efficiency
While sealing your duct system lowers energy consumption and improves comfort, you may need to insulate your ductwork and other areas of your home, as well. Sealing and insulating can improve your heat and air system’s performance by as much as 30%. A poorly insulated HVAC system will only disperse energy you pay top dollar for into areas like your attic and crawl space. This also forces your HVAC system to work harder, shortening its useful life.
Our seasoned HVAC technicians can help you identify your insulation and sealing issues. We can also let you know if you should think about upgrading your insulation levels or sealing air leaks in key parts of your house like the attic. If we discover improperly installed insulation, there’s a chance you can cut your energy bills by as much as half.
Noise Reduction Upgrades for Your HVAC
If your heating and cooling system seems like it’s running louder than it normally does, that could be due to failing parts. Under these circumstances, you should have your HVAC inspected by one of our specialists. Absent any glaring issues with your HVAC unit and its parts, we can help you explore options for soundproofing your system. An acoustic AC blanket, for instance, will absorb the excess noise from your outdoor AC unit and lower ambient noise levels.
Affordable Energy Efficient HVAC Upgrades From Grandmark Service Company
HVAC upgrades can have a significant impact on both your indoor comfort and energy savings. Furthermore, few of these updates require a complete system replacement. We extend our heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services to both residential and commercial clients. Additionally, we offer roofing solutions, including gutter maintenance, roof inspections, repairs, and installations, serving the needs of customers from both sectors. For those seeking enhanced energy efficiency, we also provide solar services to help you achieve your goals. Whether for your home or business, our comprehensive range of services aims to meet your diverse needs and enhance the comfort, safety, and efficiency of your property.
To schedule a service or for more about how heating and cooling system restoration increases the value of your home in Fresno, call Grandmark Service Company now!