How HVAC Systems Affect Real Estate Value

In terms of real estate, HVAC systems running with efficiency can be assets with value. And if you haven’t noticed, Florida’s weather and real estate markets are running hot this spring.

Fortunately, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air provide value-added services to help buyers and sellers with HVAC inspections, tune-ups, repairs, and new installations.

Valuable Tips for HVAC Inspections and Property Sales

This spring, real estate value is top of mind for homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida.  Experts will tell you that the quality of an HVAC system and the condition of ductwork are key components of a thorough inspection before any property sale or purchase. 

In real estate, a neglected or inefficient HVAC system could result in a lower offer or reduced sales price. As your HVAC service company, United’s experts offer these valuable tips:

  1. Most simply, property owners should regularly change system air filters to trap and prevent dust and debris from hindering airflow. A clean filter is critical for HVAC operations, and no one wants stale, dusty air during a property showing.  To elevate value, United can also install high-quality air purification systems for homes and businesses.
  2. Of course, potential buyers will want to hire an inspector, but it is just as important for sellers to schedule a professional inspection prior to listing a property.  In addition to inspecting, United’s techs can help clean, repair, and enhance AC operations. If needed, United may also offer solutions for a new HVAC installation. A seller’s inspection is one of the best ways to avoid and prevent any unexpected surprises during the real estate process.
  3. For real estate transactions, a basic inspection will verify the age and quality of HVAC systems, but savvy sellers will also request a maintenance tune-up. It is important to repair any damage, leaks, clogged filters, or corrosion in or around your system that would deplete its value. United’s experts can also verify efficiency ratings, fuel type, installation details, thermostat settings, warranties, and other information about the HVAC systems.
  4. For overall value, United emphasizes it is important to check system components and inspect ductwork to ensure there are not any issues, gaps, loose connections, or problems that could hinder operations. Plus, United’s experts will make sure outdoor units are free of debris, properly covered, and secured as necessary with hooks, bolts, or straps.
  5. Finally, Florida sellers can show value by providing buyers with maintenance records to illustrate how well you have taken care of your HVAC system.  Seeing how you’ve invested in protecting your system provides buyers with peace of mind and proof of value.

Call United’s experts at 352-629-1187 for HVAC inspections, maintenance, repairs, and new installations at homes and businesses throughout Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

Go Green for Energy Savings this March

Energy Savings With Your HVAC

Nearly half of energy costs often go to heating and cooling, but homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida could find their pot of gold this March by going green for energy savings. The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is recommending cost-effective solutions for improving HVAC efficiency for our residential and commercial customers around Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

6 Savvy Tips for Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems

Florida’s mild spring temperatures provide excellent conditions for updating to high-efficiency HVAC systems, reducing energy consumption, and lowering electricity costs. Here are tips:

1.) Go Green by Keeping it Clean: Filthy filters, dirty ductwork, or corroded parts can cause systems to run harder than necessary, thus, wasting precious energy. Maintain clean systems and filters for unobstructed airflow. Remember, your HVAC systems are responsible for filtering millions of particles like dust, dander, pet hair, and other allergens in the air you breath.   

2.) Improve Insulation to Reduce Waste: Poor insulation is one of the main culprits of cool air escaping your home. For example, cracks and gaps in window seals could mean dollars flying out the window. Even worse, your systems will overrun to compensate the loss. Reduce energy waste by upgrading your windows, weather-proofing doors, updating roofs, and insulating walls and attics to prevent air loss and to protect the longevity of your HVAC systems. 

3) Complete Eco-Friendly Updates: Complete projects to naturally protect your air-conditioned spaces from Florida’s blazing sunbeams.  For example, choose light-colored or reflective roofing materials when updating your roof. Also, consider adding awnings or overhangs over windows to prevent direct sunlight from overheating your home. More simply, add some greenery to save some green, such as a tall bush or palm outside a first-floor window to provide natural shade. 

5) Schedule Professional Maintenance:  Regular cleanings and evaluations to identify problems before they start will help prevent your system from overrunning and breaking down. Preventative maintenance mitigates risks and prevents energy waste. From capacitors to coils, United’s technicians strive to extend the life of each HVAC system. You can also trust United’s experts to advise when the cost for repairing an aging system is no longer in your best interest.

6) Upgrade to a New HVAC System: Updating to an energy-efficient HVAC system is often the key to money-saving success. In addition to being a RUUD Pro Partner, United’s team installs and services top-quality systems with strong warranties, including American Standard, Goodman, Trane, Carrier, Lennox, York, and others. A new HVAC installation could help improve cooling efficiency, reduce your energy bills, and potentially provide a Tax Credit worth hundreds of dollars.

Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC system.

Insulation Tips to Improve Indoor Air and HVAC Operations

With restrictions across North Central Florida and around the world, many people are spending more time indoors. That is making many of us think about the flow of our indoor air. The fact is that proper insulation and an efficient HVAC system are basic essentials for circulating clean and comfortable indoor air throughout your home or business.

Age, efficiency ratings, and performance will determine the efficiency of your HVAC equipment, but there are also heating and cooling solutions outside the scope of HVAC operations. 

5 Florida Insulation Projects and Cooling Solutions

As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air offers HVAC inspections, preventative maintenance, repairs, and installations.  Oftentimes, our experts will also suggest additional measures that homeowners and business owners may take to improve airflow or to support the efforts of your air conditioning and heating systems.  Here are five expert tips:

  1. Don’t Ignore Ductwork: In addition to the outdoor unit and indoor components of an HVAC system, be sure to schedule a professional inspection to ensure the quality and condition of your ductwork. An expert can let you know if it is time for cleaning or time for updating the ductwork at your home or business.
  2. Increase Indoor Insulation: Poor insulation is one of the top causes of not only the loss of heated or cooled air, but it is also to blame for running HVAC systems ragged. With proper insulation in your walls and attic spaces, you can promote better temperature control, improve efficiency, and protect the longevity of your systems.
  3. Install a New Roof: A new roof can help improve insulation, thus, help prevent indoor air from escaping.  That means your utility bills won’t go through the roof due to overextended AC operations.  Be sure to ask your roofer about light-colored or reflective roofing materials that can provide an extra layer of protection from Florida’s hot sun. 
  4. Upgrade Windows and Doors:  Air can escape through cracks and gaps in windows and doors. Consider investing in new, airtight, professionally installed windows and doors. Hurricane impact styles are popular around Ocala and The Villages, as are special window glass options with a glaze to protect from unwanted heat and sunshine. 
  5. Add Awnings or Overhangs:  You might not realize how much the hot sun heats up your indoor spaces as it penetrates through the windows. If you are cranking up the AC because certain areas feel hot, consider installing fixed overhangs or awnings outside the windows in that area to block the rays.  If major installations are not in your budget, consider adding tall shrubbery or plants outside the window to help block the light.

United’s experts are happy to provide referrals to experts that can help with your projects around Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas. Also, be sure to regularly replace your AC filters and schedule preventative maintenance services to mitigate risks of any damage, leaks, corrosion, or operational issues with your HVAC systems.  United’s team remains fully equipped to provide emergency services, preventative maintenance, and new HVAC installations. 

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s customers trust us to provide the stability you require for all of your home and business needs.  Call 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment.