The cost of running your home’s heating and cooling
equipment probably represents around half of your
annual utility bills. If you’re looking to maximize comfort
and energy efficiency, you’ve come to the right place.
If your heating and cooling equipment is energy-efficient
but your utility bills are still high, air leaks, insufficient
insulation, and/or leaky ducts could be the problem.
However, if your equipment is more than 10 years old, it
may be more cost-effective over the long-term to buy new
higher-efficiency equipment now.
Now is a terrific time to purchase high-efficiency heating and
cooling equipment. In the U.S., a federal tax credit for 10%
of the installed costs of certain high-efficiency equipment installed
in 2011, up to a maximum credit of $500, is available
(note: a lifetime cap of $500, dating back to January 2006, is