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thinking about a/c

July 13th, 2021 at 06:02 pm

DH and I were discussing what it would cost and whether we should put in a/c in our place.  We moved in 2017 and didn't do it when we did a major remodel of our house.  We had a furnace and I had a few HVAC guys come and talk to us.  They said our furnance was old and would have to be replaced within 5 years.  It was 20+ years at that time.  They said if it were them they would wait and do it later because we were spending a lot and why not just wait until it started to give problems then do everything at once.  Made sense right? 

I mean we had just poured in $50k in our place in cash, then we had $10k for the driveway coming up after we finished the renovations, and we ended around $60k for the renovations then we waited a year for the stuff to settle and poured the driveway.  During this time we totally forgot about the A/C.  Then last year covid happened and we built the shed that was around $20k.  So we've now sunk like $90k into our house. 

I will say every penny of the renovations I have enjoyed. I am so glad we did it as soon as we moved in and lived upstairs while we did downstairs and garage.  Even if we don't see a return on investment we enjoyed it that the $ for $ value of the renovations are worth it.

The question now is whether the new furnance with A/C is worth it?  I mean I don't know how long we'll be here so we probably won't get as much pleasure out of it as if we had done it back in 2017.  But at the same time we did save the $10-15k it'll cost us then for now.  On the con side we have less money now than we did then due to our circumstances.  The pro side is our house has appreciated a ridiculous amount in 4 years and we made back our renovations and more by a lot.  

So will this renovation pay off? I have a call into costco to get pricing on what it will actually cost us to do this replacement.

6 Responses to “thinking about a/c”

  1. Nika Says:

    Depends on cost and where you live (how hot it gets). In some areas it may be near impossible to rent or sell a house without AC, in others it is the norm.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Unsure yet about cost. Getting an estimate but my neighbor said they did it for $11k. Their house is about the same size and age. It did not include their upgraded electric panel. That though they had to do period.

    The norm is no A/C where I live but new houses it is the norm and older homes who replace the furnace do it.

  3. Lots of ideas Says:

    I am not sure what part of the country you live in, but if there is ‘winter’ where you are and your furnace is 20 plus years old, I would replace it and pick up the A/C too.

    If the furnace goes out Christmas Eve or on the coldest night in January, the effort to get it fixed before pipes freeze would be daunting to me. You might need to leave the house for a few days just to stay warm, and that would be costly. Your choices of the contractor to use and to evaluate options might be very li limited, and you could end up paying emergency weekend or holiday rates.

    If you have the money, I say do it when you can control the most. A house with a new furnace will sell better.
    And a new furnace will be more energy efficient and might save you some money (which of course might be offset if you frequently use the A/C) 🙂

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yeah, it's not the norm here, but we are getting more and more days every summer where it is needed to not be utterly miserable. It's been a trend for at least the last fifteen years. How did you weather our heat wave? We just barely made it through that 100 degree day and it was hard to breathe, the house was so hot. I'd want house A/C if I could afford it. You might only use it one month out of the year, but it makes such a big difference during that miserable month.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    ARe you thinking central air or ductless units? Big difference in the price, technology and convenience factor.

    I got central air probably 4 years ago and could not imagine living without it again during our humid Northeast summers. I never have it freezing in here, just low enough to dry out the air is the main thing. However, my upstairs is quite a bit warmer than the downstairs and the cool air is not evenly distributed.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I think it depends on where you live and whether most places have a/c. Where we live, I wouldn't buy a house without it, but our summers are both hot and humid.

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