When making changes to your home, it’s a great idea to consider how it can affect your home’s resale value. For years, central heating and air conditioning systems have been standard. However, there is growing popularity for mini-split system installations. Homeowners considering one of these will ask themselves this essential question: How will installing a mini-split system affect the resale value of my home?

Mini-Split System Explained

A mini-split is a completely ductless HVAC system. It can both heat and cool your home. While larger mini-split units can sometimes cool or heat an entire home, more commonly, you will find multiple indoor units. One for your main living area and one for each bedroom is a standard practice. These indoor units connect to a compressor/condenser outside of your home. Since you don’t need any ductwork with a mini-split installation, they are great options for a home that doesn’t already have ducts in them. They are also useful for homes that are adding rooms because there is no need to expand existing ductwork into the addition.

Resale Value Effect

If you are wondering if installing a mini-split system in your home will increase your home’s resale value, the answer is yes. There are various reasons people love mini-splits and are willing to pay a little more for a home with them installed. Some of those reasons are:

Energy Efficient

HVAC systems that are more energy efficient will always be valued by people interested in buying a home. Because a mini-split is so energy efficient, when compared with traditional HVAC options, you’ll notice significant savings on your energy bill. Additionally, after installing a mini-split in your home, you may be entitled to a tax credit. However, the mini-split you choose will need to meet a minimal energy efficiency rating to be eligible for a tax credit.

Increased Air Quality

With a traditional HVAC system, over time, you will get an accumulation of contaminants like allergens and dust in the ducts. Since mini-split systems are ductless, the air quality inside your home will be improved.

Aesthetic Design

Mini-split HVAC systems have a modern look and appeal. The design of many mini-split systems is clean and sleek. There is a range of colors and styles that mini-split units come in. This allows homeowners to choose a system that matches other interior design choices in their home.

Comfort Zoning

Because it is common to install multiple indoor units in a home, mini-split systems allow for different zones of comfort. You only need to operate units in the rooms you are currently using. With interior doors closed, people can adjust the temperature of their bedrooms to their preferences, allowing them to sleep peacefully. This zoning effect also helps contribute to additional energy bill savings since you can close off areas of the home you aren’t using for added heating or cooling efficiency.

Space Saver

An advantage of mini-split HVAC systems is that they save space. The compact interior units are mounted to walls or ceilings. This frees up floor space, which is especially useful in smaller homes. The exterior compressor/condenser tends to be smaller than the ones used by traditional HVAC systems. Sometimes, these exterior units can also be mounted to an exterior wall.

Mini-Split Maintenance and Cleaning

Due to mini-split HVAC systems being ductless, they are easier to clean and maintain when compared with traditional systems. Here are some things to consider once you’ve had a mini-split system installed in your home.

Filter Cleaning

Regularly cleaning the filters inside your indoor mini-split units will help keep them running efficiently with a comfortable and optimal airflow.

Fin and Coil Cleaning

You’ll also want to clean dust that can slightly accumulate on the indoor unit fin when you clean the filters. You can also lightly clean the coils inside the indoor units with the brush attachment from your vacuum cleaner.

Outdoor Unit Cleaning

Occasionally, check the outdoor units. Make sure it is clear of any debris or obstructions. Remove any dirt or leaves on the unit. Avoid opening the outdoor unit and attempting to clean inside of it. Deeper cleaning should be left to professionals when needed.

Performance Monitoring

Monitor the mini-split unit to make sure it’s performing optimally. If you notice any changes in how your unit is performing, it could indicate a problem that needs attention.

Leak Inspection

Inspect the connections and refrigerant lines for leaks. If you notice signs of leakage, consult an HVAC technician to fix the cause of the leak.

Professional Mini-Split Maintenance

While homeowners can clean filters as needed, schedule professional maintenance once or twice per year to ensure a long lifespan of your mini-split system.

Island Heating & Air Conditioning offers HVAC, indoor air quality and ductwork services in Oak Harbor, WA, and the surrounding area. If you are interested in a mini-split system or have other HVAC needs, contact Island Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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April 8, 2024 3:37 pm