Tax day has come and gone and many Oklahomans are looking forward to putting their refund to good use. Hill & Company, a locally-owned heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance and installation company, is providing advice for homeowners wanting to invest their tax returns directly back into their home.
Putting money back into the home is important, and below are some tips from Hill & Company on where to start:
- Prioritize home improvement projects. Homeowners should start by making a list of all necessary and desired projects and prioritizing tasks around the home based on two criteria: which improvements left unattended pose a safety hazard and which improvements are causing your family to lose dollars. Following those projects, homeowners can then invest what’s left into projects that will increase curb appeal.
- Consider adding energy efficient features. The quickest way homeowners lose money is by not monitoring how much energy is being used in their homes. An example of an energy efficient adjustment homeowners can make is sealing doors and windows. Cool air seeps out through cracks, making the home warmer and air conditioning systems run harder. Call an energy professional to come in and assess the home, determining what other adjustments need to be made to make your home energy efficient. Once adjustments are made, look into tax credits earmarked for energy efficient home improvements that can be claimed for 2014.
- Go high tech. Programmable thermostats might seem like a hefty cost which is why a tax refund is an ideal way to pay for this technology. These adjust automatically to the current temperature and decrease energy usage if a room is at the programmed temperature. They can also be programmed to turn off if no one is home. HVAC professionals like those at Hill & Company can better explain what options are available.
- Take a breath of fresh air. There’s no better time to clean or replace dirty vents and filters than in the midst of spring cleaning. When vents and filters are clogged, systems have to work harder and use more energy to get the air through. This is an affordable adjustment that could end up saving homeowners hundreds of dollars in the long run.
- Evaluate your air conditioning systems. Homeowners should consider upgrading their air conditioning systems before the summer rush begins. If an air conditioner is older than 10 years, consider replacing it with a newer model that will use less energy and work more efficiently, keeping the home comfortable during the intense Oklahoma heat. To make certain the new system is properly installed, use a licensed, reputable contractor for installation. Improperly installed systems can reduce efficiency by up to 30 percent, shortening the life of the system. If a new system is out of the question, call a service professional and make an appointment for maintenance to make sure the system is ready for the work it’ll have to do in the upcoming months.
About Hill & Company
Established in 1967, Hill & Company is Oklahoma’s premier heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company. Located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, they are a family owned and operated company dedicated to customer service and the highest standards. Hill & Company services all brands of plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment and proudly stands behind Trane equipment, a world leader in air conditioning systems. Hill & Company has earned the designation of Trane Comfort Specialist.