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Here comes the heat! Got A/C?

By   /   June 17, 2013  /   Be the first to comment

Well it’s that time of year again! Ready for the run to to our local favorite Gil’s, or Home Depot or Lowe’s for an air conditioning unit? There’s nothing quite like installing a heavy and awkward window unit once the red in the thermometer has already crept up into the 90′s, is there?
But then once you see the variety of models, sizes, strengths and yes, costs, you start to doubt your plan. What size do you need? Where should it go? Do you really want a window unit? Should you get a new-style floor unit that vents out? Or maybe you’ve been considering central air (or some type of built-in system) for years. Is this the year?
Central air sounds like a great idea, when it’s really hot outside. But then your practical side kicks in again. We live in Rhode Island. We’re near the water! How many days a year do we really need air conditioning? Will it help with the sale of your house in the future? Will you get that money back? It’s a good question. We all love to be comfortable when we want to be, but the coins in our pockets are just as important to us.
It’s a tough call. No wonder we wait until the last minute to put in the air conditioners.
The truth is, central, or built-in air conditioning does add value to your home. In fact, some buyers won’t even consider a home without some type of air conditioning. Thanks to new technology and equipment, central air can now be affordably and discreetly installed in lots of existing homes, where it was once thought to be too expensive, or destructive to the integrity of a historic home. These days, the necessary equipment can be run through closets, basements and attics with almost no detection.
Furthermore, it doesn’t always have to be “central air” with new duct work. There are “mini split” units which typically require less construction and materials, but will suffice depending on the layout of the home. These ¬†mini splits are hung on a major wall, usually in an open area to capitalize on the space, with an exterior fan/condenser. These types of units may also be configured to handle multiple wall hangers from one exterior component, covering several different rooms individually.
So if you are hot and bothered and would like air conditioning but are holding back in fear you will not recover the investment if you sell within a few years, consider this: if there are two identical houses side by side for the same price and one has air conditioning and one doesn’t, which one would you buy?
Yep, I thought so.

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