Not all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is created equal.

Not all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is created equal.

Nearly half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's HVAC system can have a big effect on your utility bills-and your comfort.

Heating and cooling costs account for nearly half the home's total energy bill.

If your central air conditioning unit is more than 10 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STARĀ® certified, high-efficiency model could cut your cooling costs by more then 30% percent.

Installation is more important than the brand itself.

Without a proper installation, your heating and air conditioning system will never realize it's maximum efficiency, and will tend to have a shorter life span then those systems installed by properly trained industry experts.

Although these products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills.

Be sure to ask about different financing options, such as no interest, or low monthly payments, and some that provide a tax break.

When is it time to have a heating and cooling system tuned up or a maintenance performed?

Each part of your heating and cooling system should be inspected, cleaned, and given a tune up once a year. Catching minor issues in the early stages can save you thousands of dollars. It is always recommended that your heating system maintenance be performed in the fall, and your cooling system maintenance be performed in the spring.

When is it time to replace your central heating and cooling system?

  1. When your equipment is causing a dramatic spike in your energy bills
  2. When the cost of repairs exceeds $1000 for a system out of its life expectancy (12-15 years for an Air Conditioner and 15-20 years for a furnace), or sooner if the original installation was not done properly
  3. When your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 12 years old. Consider replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient equipment that meets efficiency levels
  4. When your furnace is more than 15 years old. Consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient furnace that meets efficiency levels.

Why is Ducting important?

Properly sized ducting, that is sealed, insulated, and installed correctly can help save an additional 15% or more on your energy bill. Proper ducting can also help provide better airflow and comfort to your home, while prolonging the life of your heating and cooling system.