From having AC installed to having insulation installed to having your residential plumbing systems upgraded with low flush toilets, there are many ways in which you can take the quality of your house to the next level. There are many reasons to do this, from simply wanting to enjoy the experience of living in your house just a little more to wanting to prepare your house for the market by giving it a higher market value through all (or mostly) new appliances, something that can make it much easier to sell at the end of the day. From having AC installed to plumbing innovation, it is important to conduct all such home repair projects under the supervision of a skilled plumber, a skilled HVAC specialist, a skilled electrician, etc. Having a professional to conduct the work might cost more in the short run, but will be largely beneficial for the quality of the work that is performed, as well as its longevity.
If you have AC installed properly, for instance, your air conditioning system could last yo for as long as fifteen years. However, it won’t matter how well having the AC installed properly went if you don’t take care of such a system, as this can reduce the life span of the system to as low as ten years or even less, meaning that you will need to buy a new system sooner rather than later, something that will cost you a great deal of money in the long run. Having AC installed poorly can even reduce the efficiency of the system by as much as thirty percent, something that will be compounded by a lack of regular care, such as changing the filters.
And air conditioning here in the United States, where more than half of the population (two thirds, to be more exact) has an air conditioning system of some sort, is expensive, to say the least. In fact, the air conditioning systems alone make up as much as five percent of all the energy that is used here in the United States in just one single year. And we all know that energy isn’t cheap. Collectively, home owners all around the country will pay around eleven billion dollars on air conditioning in that same span of time. Fortunately, having AC installed properly and taking good care of your system, such as changing the filters regularly and having it inspected at least once (or even twice) a year will help to keep your energy costs as low as they can possibly be.
Aside from having AC installed, your plumbing system is also likely to be in need of attention. Plumbing systems can be prone to sprouting small leaks, and it can be all too easy to brush them off as no big deal. However, this is far from true, as even a small leaky faucet (dripping just twice in a minute) will waste as much as a gallon of water each and every week – and more than three thousand gallons of water on a yearly basis. And even just correcting very minor leaks in your home’s plumbing system has the potential to save you as much as ten percent of the your typical energy bill on a yearly basis. While this might sound like a small amount of money, it’s an amount that adds up. You could also even make the choice to switch to a low flush toilet, which will even further decreases your water costs, as it has the capacity to save as much as eighteen thousand gallons of water in just one single year, good for the environment as well as for your wallet.
Your home has many components, and its upkeep can be a big responsibility to take on. But taking good care of your home is something that we should all be invested in, as the quality of your home can greatly influence your experience in it. Taking care of your home is a necessary chore, but one that has quite the immense payout in the end. When servicing your home, the help of a professional is always recommended, though not required.