There are many home conveniences you can’t live without, but with age, these items can add to your monthly bills and even harm your health. How do you know when it’s time to trade in one of your home’s little luxuries? Read on to learn which four home conveniences you should replace this year.
1. Swap Out Your HVAC
Are your electricity bills climbing higher? Is it difficult to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter? If so, it might be time to replace your old HVAC system with a new, energy efficient model. Newer models have been upgraded to meet new regulations in terms of energy efficiency, guaranteeing a better deal with a new buy. The savings on your utility bills can potentially cover the cost of a new system, and you may be eligible for tax credits if your new HVAC meets certain standards.
2. Get a New Garage Door Opener
You probably change the locks on your house every few years, but how often do you think about your garage door? As a large entry point to your home, security is important when it comes to the garage. Whether you replace the entire door assembly or just buy a garage remote replacement, there are many high-tech options available that provide greater security. For example, many garage door openers now include wifi so you can set passwords and operate them with your phone.
3. Update Your Gas Stove
An outdated stove increases your gas bill and the risk of burning breakfast, but did you know that it can also be a safety hazard? Natural gas is a highly flammable substance, which means that any leaks in a gas appliance can result in explosions or fires. New gas stoves are more energy efficient and come equipped with advanced safety features. A new stove can trim your energy bill and may even save a little money on your home insurance premiums.
4. Replace Your Old Carpet
Did you know that your carpet could be making you sick? Over time, carpets collect dust, dirt, mold and pet dander that your vacuum cleaner can’t reach. If it’s been more than 10 years since you last replaced your carpet, it’s time for a new one. Breathe easier by tossing out your old, musty carpet and trading it for a new hypoallergenic model.
Feeling overwhelmed? You don’t need to replace all four of these items at once. Instead, choose the one in most need of replacing. Do one project at a time until your home is more secure, safe and efficient with brand new conveniences.
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