September 25, 2018

The Home Amenity That Americans Cannot Live Without

Climate-control systems are a must-have, both renters and owners say.

  • About 80 percent of Americans who live in houses and apartments say that a central air-conditioning and heating system is a nonnegotiable feature.
  • Millennials are willing to spend the most extra money for a dwelling with a climate-control system.
  • A private outdoor space and an in-unit washer and dryer are also high on Americans’ list of top property amenities.


While most homebuyers are willing to sacrifice some amenities to gain access to top-performing schools, there are some features that are considered must-haves.

That’s according to a survey conducted by, which found that 79 percent of apartment dwellers and 82 percent of those who live in a house believe that a central air-conditioning and heating system is essential. Those results dovetail with another recent survey, in which nearly 80 percent of Americans said that air conditioning was their most preferred feature in a home.


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