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Do home buyers have a strong preference for the highest efficiency furnace possible?

I need to replace the furnace before selling my SF Bay area home.  An 80% efficient furnace is simpler than a 96% efficient one since it doesn't require a new separate exhaust vent and a condensation line.  The usage history doesn't justify the added cost even though it's not that much (~$1500).  What do buyers think?
  • June 05 2012 - Miraloma Park
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16% lower heating bills are a definite plus for a buyer. If I was looking at 2 almost identical houses except one had a very efficient newer furnace and the other house did not I would make an offer on the house that would be cheaper to heat first.

This does assume your house is well insulated. An efficient furnace installed in an inefficient house may not help that much. A house with no insulation but an efficient furnace would either be bypassed completely or given a much lower offer.
  • June 06 2012
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For many buyers, it will not make a big difference in their decision to buy a house. The words "New Furnace" are attention grabbing enough. If you are considering a high-efficiency model as a part of an overall high-efficinecy or "green" home, then it will make a bigger difference.
 
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If you are just talking about $1500, I would make the upgrade and be sure the upgrade is advertised as such.  You will probably not be able to show real savings data before the sale but be sure your realtor notes "New Furnace, 96% efficient just installed!" in the public description of the listing.  It will give you a little bit of edge over similar properties.
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