One of the best things you can do in your home is to ensure all its systems — HVAC, plumbing and electrical — are continuously upgraded. Whether you intend to stay in your home for your entire life, or you plan to sell it, performing home upgrades designed for the 21st century is a winning strategy. You’ll save money with more efficient systems, you’ll be more comfortable and your home will be worth more on the market.
Here are a few things to consider for your home upgrades:
Wi-Fi thermostat. One way to really move into the 21st century is to install a Wi-Fi thermostat. With one of these devices, you can control your home’s temperature from near and far through your smart phone. Depending on how fancy a system you choose, you might also be able to monitor humidity levels and other conditions within the home.
Air cleaner. Homeowners are becoming more attuned to the importance of good indoor air quality, while whole-home air cleaners have come a long way in effectively removing airborne pollutants. Whole-home air cleaners target particular types of pollutants: mechanical or electrostatic cleaners do a good job collecting particles, but for smoke and vapors, you’d want a gas-phase air filter, whereas with mold, you’d need an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) type.
Low-flow fixtures. Although low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads have been around for a while, they have been dramatically improved from when they first appeared on the market. No longer do you have to deal with wimpy flushing or water flow: the fixtures are efficient, but also deliver substantial water pressure to flush waste or give you a satisfying shower.
USB ports. It’s not enough to install a number of electrical switch plates around the home; these days, you also want USB ports for all your devices. Whenever you upgrade outlets for 120-volt power cords, consider adding 5v USB charging ports as well.
To learn more about home upgrades for the 21st century, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We serve Indianapolis and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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