At the beginning of each new year, we often find ourselves in the midst of creating our new year resolutions and plans. The new year gives us all the opportunity for a fresh start, and if one of your resolutions is to prioritize taking care of your home, consider making upgrades to two of the most important parts of your home – your plumbing and A/C systems.

Plumbing Upgrades

Install a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are all the rage in recent years due to their energy efficiency. In contrast to traditional water heaters, tankless heaters only provide hot water as it’s needed, saving homeowners money on energy bills. Often called “Demand-Type” heaters, they provide users with hot water much quicker and you won’t find yourself wasting water while it’s heating up. They’re also sought after because they take up much less space than your traditional heater, perfect for smaller homes.

What might be homeowners’ favorite aspect of tankless water heaters is their life expectancy. Tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 20+ years while traditional are typically 10-15 years. What’s even better is that there are many replaceable parts for tankless heaters that allow you to make repairs and extend their life, saving you the money and hassle of buying another one.

Tankless water heaters provide added value to your home so if you’re planning on selling in the near future, it’s worth considering! Talking to a professional, like the ones at Avis, can help you make an informed decision and determine whether or not you should upgrade.

Replace Older Existing Pipes and Fixtures

As we make our way into a new year, it’s always a good idea to check on your home or business’s pipes and fixtures to ensure that they’re up to date and meet current plumbing standards. The result will be a more efficient and reliable plumbing system that requires less maintenance and repair. You might want to consider insulated pipes and fixtures that are less water-consuming as you make these upgrades. These seemingly small upgrades can help you use less water and save on your next bill.

Install a Newer Model Toilet

It is important to keep in mind that toilets aren’t built to last forever, and older-model toilets can develop issues such as silent leaks, which can be costly if left unattended. Toilets make up a significant percentage of your monthly water bill and replacing your older toilet with a newer model, can account for less water usage, more efficiency, and more money saved.

Toilets that are over 20 years old are less efficient than newer models, some of them flushing upwards of 7 gallons of water every time you flush! Known as low-flow toilets, newer models use nearly four times less water than older models.

Taking the plunge in 2024 may be a good idea if you have noticed any of the following problems with your current toilet:
1. It takes multiple attempts to flush
2. Your toilet isn’t steady and wobbles
3. Cracks
4. Leaking
5. Surface damage to the floor and surrounding surfaces
6. Frequent repairs

The professional technicians at Avis offer both toilet repair and installation services, because sometimes it’s a simple fix, and other times, it’s more cost-effective and less time-consuming to replace it altogether.

A/C Upgrades

There are a few air conditioning upgrades Avis can help you with in the new year if you’re looking to make your home or business more comfortable:

Air Conditioning Unit

If your air conditioning unit is pushing 10-15 years old, it might be worth it to consider upgrading to a newer, high-efficiency model. A central air conditioner is designed to last for many years. However, if yours is getting up there in age, it may not work as efficiently as newer, more up-to-date models. Today’s A/C units use a lot less energy than those of years past and some even use half as much energy, saving you money on your air and heating bill and definitely worth the investment.

Talk with our A/C technicians today to see if upgrading your unit is the best, most cost-effective solution. Our experienced technicians are experts in air conditioner repair, maintenance, and installation so you’ll always be given an honest diagnosis and recommendation.

Upgrade the Air Filters Your Home Uses

A general rule of thumb is that you should be replacing your air filters every one to three months, every month if you have pets in your house. While you are replacing your air filters, are you taking notice of the type of filters you’re using? Something as simple as upgrading the quality of air filters you use could drastically change the quality of your air, which is perfect if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma.

There are different types of air filters out there: fiberglass, polyester, washable, pleated, and electrostatic filters, each unique with their own filtering capabilities. Most people stick with their tried and true filters, but it could be worth your while to see what other options are available and if there are any that suit your needs better! A simple filter upgrade could save you from more maintenance work and repairs in the future.

New Year, New Upgrades

When it comes to residential or commercial plumbing and A/C needs, Avis has you covered! We can assist you with your new year’s upgrades and help you to maintain them so you’ll be sure to save time and money in 2024.

In the case of an A/C emergency, Avis Plumbing and Air Conditioning are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to provide repairs to your HVAC system. The team at Avis is able to provide same-day service 365 days a year to the residents of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel, and the surrounding Lee County area. From residential to commercial, Avis’ expert technicians can handle the issue quickly and efficiently.

Contact us today by calling (239) 542-1511 (Cape Coral) or (239) 481-1511 (Fort Myers).

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