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Buying Heating & Cooling Systems

If you plan to buy a new heating or cooling system, ask your contractor about the latest technologies on the market.

When buying a new heating or cooling system, look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels to compare efficiency and ensure quality.

Your contractor should provide you with information on the following:

  • Safety and cost effectiveness of repair versus replacement
  • Heating and cooling system options
  • Fuel types and prices in your region
  • Required permits and building code compliance
  • Calculations for proper sizing for your home
  • Other home efficiency improvements that should be made

New energy efficient heating or cooling equipment alone can reduce energy use by 20% or more, but combining a new system with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings can cut your heating and cooling bills in half.

Read the ENERGY STAR “Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling” to learn how to work with a certified technician to ensure a quality installation.