Not sure how much home repairs cost? Here is what to expect when trying to get your HVAC system running at full efficiency…
A new air conditioning system can run you as much as $5,000, depending on how much of the house it covers. If you want to replace an old furnace, you’re looking at no less than $3,000.
This may sound like a lot, but it is an investment that will pay off in a few years’ time. After all, an old AC unit or furnace runs at less than 100% efficiency, using up more electricity or gas to produce less cold or hot air than it should. After 10 to 15 years, AC units tend to leak or break down more often. When you consider that it costs around $350 per repair (HVAC professionals charge hefty prices), you can see why it’s a good idea to invest in a new AC/heating unit.
If you are buying a new AC or heating unit, it’s a good idea to look at the condition of your home’s insulation. The best place to start: with the windows.
Old windows tend to be draftier, and they are less effective at keeping your home insulated. Not only will they allow air to leak in and out of the house, but it’s far more likely that the insulation around the windows has been worn away–to the point of leaking.
Replacing your windows will be a bit pricey–about $350 to $550 per window, give or take–but it will help you to keep your home properly insulated. The less air that leaks in and out of your house during the summer and winter, the easier it is to keep your home’s temperature stable.
In Part 4, we’ll see how much it costs to replace your kitchen…
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