We recently discussed kitchen upgrades you can make that would increase your property value and provide an efficient function to the space that really makes it yours.
But what if you’re trying to improve your whole home?
There are several options that you could choose to implement that would not only improve the look of your entire home but also add value beyond the kitchen in case you decide to sell someday.
Environmentally Friendly Appliances
Something that’s becoming increasingly serious for homeowners is upgrading to sustainable appliances. Not only will it help you do your part for the environment, but it can also boost your energy efficiency, thereby reducing your monthly energy bills. So, in the long run, you’re doing yourself a favor.
Plus, if you’re considering selling your home, adding verbiage to your home listing that you’ve got eco-friendly appliances throughout is a huge selling point for many.
Low Flow Appliances
- Toilets: Newer toilets already use less water to run than older ones, and low flow toilets are even better. Before the 1980s, toilets could use as many as 7 gallons of water per flush. Government regulations in the 90s changed this to be 1.6 gallons, and low flow toilets can use 1.28 gallons or less.
- Shower Heads: Since heating water is one of the largest energy expenses in homes, a shower head that lets less water flow out can save you significant money if you’re a fan of long, hot showers. Shower heads designed before 1992 have flow rates up to 5.5gpm, while newer, efficient heads use less than 2.0gpm. Whether your shower head is old, noisy, or inefficient, an upgraded version will make all the difference.
- Faucets: Standard kitchen faucets typically have a flow rate of around 2.2gpm, while bathroom faucets are often ranging from 1.5 to 0.5gpm. Energy-efficient aerators on faucets can restrict water flow to 1.0gpm.
Not only do newer toilets look better than dated ones, but they also have features designed for better comfort, like height and bowl shape. And dual-flush toilets use 0.8 to 1.1 gallons of water per flush.
Tankless Water Heater
While initially more costly than traditional water heaters, the tankless versions are highly sought after, and for good reason.
These stoves use magnetic fields, and heat up only for pots and pans, leaving the stovetop cool to the touch. So not only do they not require gas, but they also use less energy to heat food.
A combination oven and microwave that’s electric will save space in your kitchen and money on electricity.
Energy Star Rated Appliances
- Refrigerator: When looking for a refrigerator, the Energy Star rating indicates the amount of electricity it takes to run – the more stars, the less energy.
- Dishwasher: There are two types of dishwashers: Compact and standard capacity. If you don’t run the dishwasher much, compact can be the more energy-efficient option. But if you run it more often, a standard capacity dishwasher may save you money instead.
- Washing Machine: A more energy-efficient machine will have the option to use cold water and allow you to adjust the temperature and water levels for each load. Front-loading machines use less water than top-loading ones, also saving cost.
Disaster-Prevention Plumbing Upgrades
You can’t go wrong with investing a little more upfront for energy-efficient appliances. At the same time, there’s nothing better than having plans in place and systems that help prevent damage from occurring.
If you’ve ever dealt with water problems in the past, or your home is located on lower ground, consider adding a sump pump into your basement or crawl space. Sump pumps reroute excess water from a susceptible area back out of the home to prevent flooding.
Automatic Shutoff Valve
Manual shutoff valves are standard in homes to allow quick stoppage of all water flowing into the home. For emergencies or repair services where homeowners are around, these valves are invaluable. But they only work if someone is there to close the valve. Automatic valves monitor water pressure within your system, shutting it off if there is a sudden change. This can save thousands of dollars and countless possessions in the event of a flood or pipe burst when you’re not home, asleep, or not sure where your manual valve is.
Upgrading your pipes can do a lot more than add value to your home – it can save you a lot of stress and money. Old pipes are often galvanized, which corrode internally. These corroded materials break off into the pipes and reduce the quality of your water. Plus, as corrosion builds up, it can clog the pipes. And those clogs can eventually lead to pipes bursting. To avoid these frustrations, upgrade to copper pipes, and insulate them to avoid freezing.
Call (901) 410-5706 with any questions or to schedule your upgrade installations today!