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Old 12-10-2008, 03:50 PM   #31
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Doubtfull it will increase your properties value any.
But, should help you to get closer to your asking price, when selling.

Beg to differ.

national realty studies show that homes with major improvements of a high end and higher energy efficiency always sell more than homes with similar improvements but use lower end material or equipment of lesser efficiency.


What is going to to get a higher price: A improved bathroom with a plastic shower insert or one with a high end low water usage plumbing fixtures and custom tiled shower ?

The whole thing is about comfort and the appearance of value and low operating cost.

I think the same argument can be made for an attractively installed hvac
system with a 95% 2 stg VS furnace or ac with all the fixings, humd, air cleaner, nice plumb gas line, well crafted sheet metal. Any informed consumer would be willing to pay the extra.

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Old 12-10-2008, 04:17 PM   #32
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It varies with the area.

If his area is one that A/C is almost a required luxurary.
It will help the value.

If A/C is something that is only needed a month or 2. Then it won't improve the value.

A high end furnace, means more here, then just a high end A/C does.
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I think the issue is will the difference in price of an 80 versus a 95 which can be a fair amount pay back when the house sells.

I say yes.

If the HO puts in a new 80 furnace and later sells the house the new owners are less likely to pull out a good furnace and replace it with a 95. But if the 95 is already there then they will like the idea of lower energy costs and it will be a big plus.

If the cost difference is $1000 it would take about 12 years to make up the difference at today's prices. With inflation and increased energy demand that time to payoff will probably drop to 8 years.

Down the road if the house sells then the extra cost of the furnace is already accounted for in saved energy costs. While I don't think that it would bring a substantial increase in house value it will raise the value several thousand and make it more desirable in a similar home.
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Except.
He isn't talking about a furnace.
He's talking about an A/C.

The 4TEE is an air handler, not a furnace.
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:52 PM   #35
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I was just talking about HVAC in general. As I said in a previous post air conditioning in some area's is a must where in other area's it is a luxury and rarely used.
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The installation is complete--we will see how well it cools house come summer----Anyone have any comments on the Accu Clean system from American Standard, think it is the same as Trane clean effects????????????Do they really work ???worth the money???????
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By the way as to the question of central air investment vs. return at sale a local realtor tells me that it will increase sale price by about 60% of the system cost and the house should sell quicker. In the Boston area you need ac about 5 months out of the year. Considering that the real estate market has collapsed I don"t think selling is in the cards anytime soon-at
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Its the same as the Clean Affects.

Its works, but so do the high end air filters/cleaners of other manufacturers.
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One thing about the installation is the amount of equipment ,ducts so forth that are now in the attic I had no clue about the amount of stuff that would go up into my attic. Question --the air return from the second floor hallway ceiling at top of stairs (only return for the whole house) is connected to the handler by flexible insulated duct--is this kosher???? secondly the ceiling penatrations for the supply boxes --should I spray foam seal, and insulate them on the attic side???? THANKS
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You can seal the supplies from the attic side if you wish.
You can also use silicone to seal them.

Is the flex return duct connected directly to the air handler, or is it hooked to a plenum on the air handler.

Flex connected directly usually decreases the return air flow.
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the flex connects to a plenum attached to Accu Clean that is attached to air handler. Odd second floor supply diffusers throw less air than first floor ones-and the first floor ones have much longer runs???????????
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Hopefully you specified that the contractor was to balance the air flows, and provide some sort of report showing CFM's. We do commercial HVAC systems, and we have our own balancing sub.
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Hopefully you specified that the contractor was to balance the air flows, and provide some sort of report showing CFM's. We do commercial HVAC systems, and we have our own balancing sub.

Last time I talked to a contractor from Jersey he made me an offer I couldn't
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at the finish of the install the contractor said that he could not test the ac (cooling) part as the outside temp was in the teens and would come back at the begining of the cooling season_ IF__ there were any issues with cooling - right now we are just running in fan mode/and/or circ with the condenser unit breaker off..using just the accuclean and air handler. I must say that now that I have looked at some of the duct work it is just sloppy--the ceiling return looked like a joke when I pulled the grill(the vanes of which were faced away from stairwell-- now I know why)--gaps into the attic everywhere-- all the supply diffuser boxes very sloppy connections and gaps arround ceiling when diffusers are removed- I spent a half roll of hvac aluminium tape on just four diffusers and one 23X19 return. Every room has one diffuser supply EXCEPT the two second floor bedrooms which each have two????? Have asked contractor for "manual J sizing calculation" for electric company rebate but have not recieved.. I can now undestand a previous answer to my question about particular equipment brand and the answer that the job really depends upon the installation. These guys looked good on the surface but I think the work was below par. Job cost was 15,000 for 1400 sf two story home with variable speed air handler and two stage condenser.. Comments?????

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