If it’s time to replace your old furnace, consider going with a brand that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. A qualified furnace is 15% more efficient than a non-qualified conventional furnace. Though it's more expensive to purchase, you’ll be paid back the difference over time with lower heating bills.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sizing and installation are as important as the unit you purchase. For optimum energy savings, hire a good contractor to ensure the job is done correctly. Once you have your new system in place, set up a biannual maintenance plan with a local HVAC company to keep your furnace running at peak performance.
By upgrading your furnace with an ENERGY STAR-qualified furnace, not only will you save money over time on your heating bills, but you’ll also help improve our environment. Plus, you're eligible to receive tax credits available at 30% of the cost or up to $1,500 in 2009 and 2010.
To check the qualifying models with each manufacturer click on this link.
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