Adding a new HVAC system can increase home values by 10%, on average. Considered basic equipment, an HVAC system does not bring a greater return on investment than a newly remodeled bathroom. However, a prospective homebuyer is usually deterred by a malfunction or an old HVAC system. An investment in your home that will provide you with an excellent return on investment is an HVAC system upgrade.
Not all buyers will notice a new and updated HVAC system, but they will certainly notice if the system is old or broken. And if you have an older house without central air conditioning, you can bet that the lack of a central air conditioning system will be a red flag for many potential buyers. Does the location of your home need air conditioning? An HVAC system won't add value to your property if it's located in an area where air conditioning isn't essential during the summer months. Or you may be thinking more about invisible improvements, such as installing a central air conditioning system.
One term homeowners often hear is “HVAC,” which means heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It not only covers the oven and air conditioning, but also includes ducts, air handlers, ventilation, filters and thermostats. Today's best air conditioners use 30-50% less energy to produce the same amount of refrigeration as air conditioners manufactured in the mid-1970s. If you already have a ducted or forced air network from about a decade ago, upgrading them will most likely be cheaper than buying a ductless split air conditioner for each room.