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Old 06-02-2019, 08:19 AM
 
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Do homes in the Albany area typically have central AC systems? I would think older homes don't, new ones do.

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Old 06-03-2019, 08:14 AM
 
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Most new ones do, yes. But the vast majority of older ones do not. Even when owners update their apartment buildings, they usually skip out on the central AC. Apartment buildings meaning the typical owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes.
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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The reason I ask is because I have a friend who lives in Albany (Delmar). His heat is a hot water system piped to "radiators" and there is no duct work in his house. He gripes every year about having to pull out two or three window AC units when it gets hot. He doesn't want to leave them in place year around. I suggested that he install one of the mini-split, ductless systems. He's mulling it over and grumbling about the cost.

So I wonder about the resale value of houses with and W/O AC in the Albany area. Here where I live (North Carolina), a house W/O AC would be very difficult to sell, especially if it would be next to impossible to retrofit duct work. Perhaps it wouldn't be a deal breaker in Albany.

So the basic question is whether the installation of an AC system (~$3000) would pay for itself when it comes time to selling a house in Albany.
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:22 PM
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Most people looking at houses in Delmar would probably expect AC. It's one of the most desired neighborhoods in the area since the school district (Bethlehem) is arguably the best in the capital district. The flip side is because of the schools, home prices are higher in Delmar. Some people might be willing to buy a less expensive home without AC just to get into the school district.

As far as hot, Albany in an average year only has 10 days with the temps breaking 90 degrees. My mother has a 90 year old house in Albany with no central air, just a single window AC which she uses only on the hottest days.

For what it's worth. When we moved up to this area a few years back, we looked at a beautiful classic Victorian in an area near Delmar. House had great property, beautiful views, and NO air conditioning. For me that was a complete deal breaker. We ended up having a house built and we had multiple zones installed for heat and AC because houses with only a single downstairs zone often get brutally hot (for our taste) upstairs.

I'm inclined to believe a $3k investment in AC would be worth it and have a return on investment if sold.
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Thanks 44
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:53 AM
 
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The central AC installation would absolutely be worth it.
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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What that poster DIDN'T tell you about was the summer from hell we had last year, with triple digit heat indexes and temperatures close to 100 the majority of the time. I still have the photo I took of my TV showing the forecast for July 4 week where they forecast a high of 99 for July 1 and 98 for the next day. I'm looking to buy a portable A/C because I am NOT going through another summer like that without it!
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