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.