What type of utilities you offer will vary slightly in different regions of the country. This is a brief summary.
In Houston, central A/C is a must – even in January. In Pennsylvania it is required in newer or upper end housing but not in lower end or older homes.
Let’s go through some options:
Heating – in the colder regions, gas heat is the winner right now. Oil heat is taboo (no one wants it because of the cost). Heat pumps provide great A/C but the heat isn’t sufficient under 32 degrees. Electric baseboard is costly and does not offer any a/c benefit.
Central air is a big bonus no matter where you are. I love central a/c and I wouldn’t want to go without it again. Wall a/c units seem to be better than window units but then the landlord needs to provide them vs tenants normally provide their own window units.
I will break these down in more detail over the coming days along with appliances. We will go over some options and expectations.