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Thrifty home upgrades which will increase the value of your home

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 Thrifty home upgrades which will increase the value of your home

Thrifty home upgrades which will increase the value of your home

Install a Tankless water heater 
 
If your water heater is more than 15 years old, consider an “Energy Star” replacement. By heating water only when it's needed, “Energy Star” qualified gas tankless water heaters cut water heating expenses by 30%, while also providing continuous hot water delivery. Gas tankless models are a great choice for new construction and major remodelling, but are also becoming popular as a replacement for gas storage water heaters. 

Insulate the attic 

If you have not done anything to improve your attic insulation in the last 10 years , now would be a good time to add another 6-12 inches of insulation. Insulating your walls can also save you money and makes your home more comfortable. 
 
Energy efficient windows 
 
If you currently have single pane windows, now would be the time to purchase and install dual pane windows. Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings. Besides the energy savings you will also notice the difference in a quieter home. 
 
HVAC system 
 
If your heating and air conditioning are more than 15 years old, now would be the time to purchase and install an “Energy Star” rated HVAC system. Sealing holes and cracks in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. . When properly installed into a tightly sealed home, this equipment won't have to work so hard to heat and cool the home. A tightly sealed home with adequate HVAC improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility and maintenance. 
 
Whole house fan for hot nights 
 
Draw that nighttime air into your home and force out that hot afternoon air that keeps you from sleeping comfortable. 
 
These and other "green" home improvements aren't as fun to show off to guests, but they do offer tremendous value beyond the positive environmental impact by saving money on your home’s operating expenses and green projects are frequently tax advantaged.  
 

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