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Homes with modern, efficient cooling and heating systems are easier to sell and sell for more than homes with dated air-filtration systems or no systems at all. Ductless systems are energy efficient and green, and they provide a level of comfort and control that makes them a standout amenity for homeowners who are considering reselling.
A real estate industry publication recently pointed out that homebuyers obsess more about a home's functionality — such as air conditioning and heating systems — than they do about cosmetic elements or even square footage. Buyers want assurance that these crucial, complicated and potentially expensive systems aren't going to require repair or replacing any time soon. Climate-control systems are usually among the first elements addressed in a home inspection.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that homes with central air sell for an average of 13 percent more than those without. In cities in the Midwest, homes are listed for 105 percent more when they have central air. USA Today reports that 60 percent of buyers will pay more for central cooling and heating. And that's just central air, which — compared to split-ductless systems — does not provide nearly the energy efficiency or climate control that homebuyers are willing to dig deep to secure. According to the San Francisco Gate, "air leakages through ducts account for as much as 30 percent of heating and cooling costs, so eliminating the ducts can cut waste and reduce costs. Ductless air conditioning and heating systems also provide tremendous control over comfort." Electric ductless units with reusable filters are green amenities that can dramatically boost asking price.
Ductless systems are not only an amenity, but an insurance policy against problems with future renovations. Ductwork winds through the internal portion of the home. Rerouting or removing it can be costly and complicated and can create further problems with everything from insulation to wiring. When you sell a home with a ductless system, you sell a home that can endure a bathroom makeover, a patio expansion or undergo kitchen remodeling in the years and decades to come. Ductless cooling and heating systems improve the quality of life for homeowners while they're living in their house, but they're also an investment for the future if they ever decide to sell. Homes with modern air filtration systems sell for more and sell faster than those without. Buyers pay more because of the money they'll save on energy bills, because ductless units are environmentally friendly, because they provide unrivaled control and, of course, because they make living more comfortable and enjoyable.
This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.