Heating and Cooling
                          ENERGY STAR

                    Change the  World,
                    Start with  ENERGY STAR'
                    The average household spends more than $2,200 a
                    year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to
                    heating and cooling costs. The U.S. Environmental
                    Protection Agency (EPA) can help you make smart
                    decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and
                    air conditioning (HVAC) system that can help save on
                    energy costs, improve your overall comfort at home,
                    and help fight global warming.

                    Did you know the energy used in the average
                    house is responsible for twice as many
                    greenhouse gas emissions as the average car?

                    When power plants burn fossil fuels to make
                    electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using
                    less energy at home, you help reduce the emissions
                    that contribute to global warming.

                    ENERGY STAR is the government-backed program
                    that helps us all save money and protect our
                    environment with energy-efficient products and
                    practices. Whether you are looking for
                    recommendations about energy-efficient equipment,
                    getting a quality installation, HVAC maintenance, or
                    ways to make your heating  and cooling system
                    operate more efficiently, EPA's ENERGY STAR
                    program can help.

4-Why Read this Guide?
Review the checklist and learn how to improve the overall
efficiency of your system.

6 - Maintain Your Equipment
Keep your heating and cooling system at peak
performance with preventative maintenance.

8 - Use a Programmable Thermostat Properly
Learn how a programmable thermostat can help save
money on heating and cooling costs.

10 -  Seal Your Heating and Cooling  Ducts
Improve your home's duct system to increase your HVAC
system's overall performance and efficiency.

12 -  Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR
Make your home more comfortable by learning how to
seal hidden air leaks and add insulation as necessary.

16 -  Making a  Change? Choose the  Right Equipment
Know what to look for to get the most energy-efficient
heating and  cooling equipment.

18-Work with a Heating  and Cooling Contractor
Learn how to choose the right contractor and what to
expect from him or her.

20 -  Get an ENERGY STAR Quality Installation
Choose equipment that is properly sized for your home
and make sure your contractor follows  ENERGY STAR
guidelines for a  quality installation.

             Why Read
             this  Guide?

             Use this guide to help you:

             Learn how best to maintain your heating
             and cooling equipment.

             Take steps around your home to improve
             the efficiency of your HVAC system.
             Decide when it's time to replace your old
             heating and cooling equipment with more
             energy-efficient equipment that has earned
             EPA's ENERGY STAR.

Consider Making  a Change if Any of the
Following  Statements  Apply

Some of your rooms are too hot or cold. Inadequate air sealing or
insufficient insulation could be the cause. No matter how efficientyour
heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and
insulated, you will not be as comfortable and your system will have to work
harder. Learn more about how to "Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR" on
page 12.

Your home has humidity problems, excessive dust, or rooms that never
seem to get comfortable. Leaky or poorly insulated ductwork might be the
cause. See "Seal Your Heating and Cooling Ducts" on page 10.

Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.
In addition to the rise in  energy costs, the age and condition of your heating
and cooling equipment may have caused it to become less efficient. See
"Maintain Your Equipment" on page 6 or "Making a  Change? Choose the
Right Equipment" on page 16.

Your heating  and cooling equipment is more than 10 years old. Consider
replacing  it with newer, more efficient equipment. And remember, high
efficiency levels begin with ENERGY STAR. See "Making a Change? Choose
the  Right Equipment" on page 16.

You leave your thermostat set at one constant temperature. You could be
missing a  great energy-saving opportunity. You can set a programmable
thermostat to adjustyour home's temperature at times when you're regularly
away or sleeping. See "Use a Programmable Thermostat Properly" on

You used EPA's ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick (www.energystar.
gov/yardstick) to compare your household's energy use to others across the
country and your score is below five. That means you're using and paying
for more energy at home than most Americans. Visit the ENERGY STAR
Home Advisor (www.energystar.gov/homeadvisor) to get recommendations
for home improvement projects that will increase your score by improving
your home's energy efficiency and comfort.

                       Your Equipment
Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling
system inefficiency and failure. To ensure efficient system
operation, it's important to perform routine maintenance.
       Change your air filter regularly. A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from
       building up in the system, which can lead to expensive maintenance and/or
       early system failure. Check your filter every month, especially during winter and
       summer months, when use tends to be heavier. Change your filter if it's dirty—
       or at least every three months.

       Tune up your HVAC equipment. Proper maintenance by a qualified technician is
       one of the most important steps you can take to prevent future problems.
       Contractors get busy during summer and winter months, so it is best to check
       the cooling system in spring and the heating system in the fall. Plan the check-
       ups around the beginning and end of daylight-saving time each spring and fall.
       For tips on hiring the right contractor, see page 18, "Work with a Heating and
       Cooling Contractor."

       Overall System Maintenance Checklist
       Your contractor should complete the following each spring and fall:
      Check thermostat settings to ensure the heating and cooling system turns
      on and  off at the programmed temperatures.

      Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on
      motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause your system to operate
      unsafely and reduce the life of major components.

      Lubricate moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors
      and increase the amount of electricity you use. Lack of lubrication can also
      cause equipment to wear out more quickly, requiring more frequent repairs
      or replacements.

      Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner,
      furnace, and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If plugged, the drain
      can cause water damage in the house, affect indoor humidity levels, and
      breed bacteria and mold.

Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting
cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts
off properly.

Inspect, clean, or change the air filter in your central air conditioner, furnace,
and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this yourself.
Depending on your system, your filter may be located in the duct system versus
the heating  and cooling equipment itself.

Additional System-Specific  Maintenance Activities

For Heating Systems:

Inspect the flue piping for rusting and any disconnections or evidence of
back drafting.

Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat
exchanger. Improper burner operation can be caused by a dirty burner or a
cracked heat exchanger—either can cause the equipment to operate less safely
and efficiently. Leaking gas (or oil) connections are also a fire hazard and  can
contribute to health problems.

For Cooling  Systems:

Clean indoor and outdoor coils before warm weather starts. A dirty coil
reduces the system's ability to cool your home and causes the system to run
longer, increasing your energy costs and shortening the life of your equipment.

Check your  central air conditioner's refrigerant charge and adjust it if
necessary to make sure it meets manufacturer specifications. Too much or too
little refrigerant charge can damage the compressor, reducing the life of your
equipment and increasing costs.
Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow. Proper
airflow over the indoor coil is necessary for efficient equipment operation
and reliability.

                     Use a  Programmable
                     Thermostat  Properly
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are
away from home during set periods of time throughout the
week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a
programmable thermostat can save you about$180 every
year in energy costs.
      How Do You Choose the Right One for You?
      To decide which model is best for you, think aboutyour schedule and how often
      you are away from home for regular periods of time—work, school, other
      activities—and then decide which of the three different models best fits
      your schedule:
      7-day models are best if your daily schedule tends to change; for example, if
      children are at home earlier on some days. These models give you the most
      flexibility and letyou set different programs for different days—usually with four
      possible temperature periods per day.
      5+2-day models use the same schedule every weekday, and another
      for weekends.
      5-1-1 models are best if you tend to keep one schedule Monday through Friday
      and another schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.

      Programmable  Thermostat Settings
      You can use the table below as a starting point for setting energy-saving
      temperatures, and  then adjust the settings to fit your family's schedule and
      stay comfortable.
Setting Time Setpoint Temperature (Heat) Setpoint Temperature (Cool)
6:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
Setback at least 8°
Setback at least 8° F
Setup at least 7° F
Setup at least 4° F

Get the Greatest Benefit from Your
Programmable  Thermostat
Install your thermostat away from heating or cooling registers, appliances,
lighting, doorways, fireplaces, skylights and windows, and areas that receive
direct sunlight or drafts. Interior walls are best.

Keep the thermostat set at energy-saving temperatures for long periods of time,
such as during the day when no one is home and at bedtime.
Set the  "hold" button at a constant energy-saving temperature when going
away for the weekend or on vacation.
Resist the urge to override the pre-programmed settings.  Every time you do, you
use more energy and may end up paying more on your energy bill.

Use a programmable thermostat for each zone of your house if you have
multiple heating and cooling zones. This will help you maximize comfort,
convenience, and energy savings throughout the house.

Change your batteries each year if your programmable thermostat runs on
batteries. Some units will indicate when batteries must be changed.

If you have a heat pump, you may require a special programmable thermostat to
maximize your energy savings year-round. Talk to your retailer or contractor for
details before selecting your thermostat.

If you have a manual thermostat, you can adjust the temperatures daily before
you leave the house and when you go to sleep at night. Typically, adjusting
temperatures 5-8 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save
energy  if you are going to be away from home for several hours.

                      Seal  Your  Heating
                      and  Cooling  Ducts
                       Ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout
                       houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems. In
                       typical houses, about 20 percent of the air that moves
                       through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and
                       poorly connected ducts. The result is an inefficient HVAC
                       system, high utility bills, and difficulty keeping the house
                       comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.
      Simple Steps to Improving  Duct Performance
      Because ducts are often concealed in walls, ceilings, attics, and basements,
      repairing them can be difficult. But there are things that you can do to
      improve duct performance in your house.

      Start by sealing leaks using mastic sealant or metal (foil) tape and insulating
      all the ducts thatyou can access such as those in the attic, crawlspace,
      basement, or garage. Never use 'duct tape,' as it is not long-lasting.

      Also make sure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed
      where they meet the floors, walls, and ceiling. These are common locations
      to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.
      Working with a  Contractor
      Many homeowners choose to hire a professional contractor for duct
      improvement projects. Most heating and cooling contractors also repair
      ductwork. Look for a contractor who will:
       Inspect the whole duct system,
       including the attic, basement,
       and crawlspace (if you have

       Evaluate the system's supply and
       return air balance. Many
       systems have air return ducts
       that are too small.
Repair or replace damaged,
disconnected, or undersized
ducts and straighten out flexible
ducts that are tangled or crushed.

Seal leaks and connections with
mastic, metal tape, or an aerosol-
based sealant.

   Seal gaps behind registers and
   grills where the duct meets the
   floor, wall, or ceiling.

   Insulate ducts in unconditioned
   areas with insulation that carries
   an R-value of 6 or higher.
  Include a new filter as part of any
  duct system improvement.

  Use diagnostic tools to evaluate air
  flow after repairs are completed.

  Ensure there is no back drafting of
  gas or oil-burning appliances, and
  conduct a combustion safety test
  after ducts are sealed.
© Leaky, torn, and disconnected ducts     © Leaks atfurnace and filter slot
© Poorly sealed registers and grills
© Kinks in flexible ductwork
    restricting airflow

                       Seal  and  Insulate
                       with  ENERGY STAR
       The exterior of your home—the outer walls, ceiling, windows, and
       floor—is called the "envelope" or "shell." As a knowledgeable
       homeowner or with the help of a skilled contractor, you can save up to
       20 percent on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10 percent on your
       total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating your home envelope. It
       will also make your home more comfortable and help your heating and
       cooling system run more efficiently.

       To  improve your home's envelope, you can make these
       changes yourself:

                              If your attic is accessible and you like home
                              improvement projects, you can Do-lt-
                              Yourself with help from EPA's DIY Guide to
                              Sealing and Insulating with ENERGY STAR.

                              The Guide offers step-by-step instructions
                              for sealing  common air leaks and adding
                              insulation to the attic to block heat loss in
                              winter and  heat gain in summer.

                              You can also hire a  contractor who will use
                              special diagnostic tools to pinpoint and seal
                              the hidden  air leaks in your home. A Home
                              Energy Rater can help you find contractors
                              that offer air sealing services in your area.
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       Hidden  Air Leaks
       Be sure to look for and seal air leaks before you install insulation
       because it performs best when air is not moving through or around it.
       Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find  because they are easy to
       feel—like those around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics,
       basements,  and crawlspaces are usually bigger problems. Sealing these
       leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will have a great
       impact on improving your comfort and reducing utility bills.


                                    Vent Stack
                                                  COMMON AIR LEAKS
            Attic Hatch
Duct Register
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                                                              Vent Fan
   Homeowners are often concerned about sealing their house too tightly;
   however, this is very unlikely in many older homes. A certain amount of fresh air
   is needed for good indoor air quality, and there are specifications that set the
   minimum amount of fresh air needed for a  house. If you are concerned about
   how tight your home is, hire a contractor, such as a Home Energy Rater, who
   can use diagnostic tools to measure your home's actual air leakage. If your
   home is too tight, a fresh air ventilation system may be recommended.
   After any project where you reduce air leakage, have a heating and cooling
   technician check to make sure that your combustion appliances (gas- or oil-
   fired furnace, water heater, and dryer) are venting properly. For additional
   information on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues related to homes, such as
   combustion safety, visit EPA's Indoor Air Quality Web site atwww.epa.gov/iaq.

Adding Insulation
Insulation keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
There are several common types of insulation—fiberglass (in both batt and
blown forms), cellulose, rigid foam board, and spray foam. Reflective
insulation (or radiant barrier) is another insulating product that can help
save energy in hot, sunny climates. When correctly installed with air
sealing, each type of insulation can deliver comfort and lower energy bills
during the hottest and coldest times of the year.

Insulation performance is measured by R-value—its ability to resist heat
flow. Higher R-values mean more insulating power. Different R-values are
recommended  for walls, attics, basements, and crawlspaces, depending on
your area of the country. Insulation works best when  air is not moving
through or around  it, making it very important to seal  air leaks before
installing insulation to ensure thatyou get the best performance from
the insulation.

To get the biggest savings, the easiest place to add insulation is  usually in
the attic. A  quick way to see if you need more insulation is to look across
your uncovered attic floor. If your insulation is level with or below the attic
floor joists,  you probably need to add more. The recommended insulation
level for most attics is R-38 (or about 12- 15 inches, depending on the
insulation type). In the coldest climates, insulating up to R-49
is recommended.

Multiple Panes

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ENERGY STAR  Qualified Windows
Windows are an important part of
your home's envelope. ENERGY STAR
qualified windows feature advanced
technologies such as invisible glass
coatings, vacuum-sealed spaces filled
with inert gas between the panes,
improved framing materials, better
weather stripping, and warm edge
spacers, all of which reduce
undesirable heat gain and loss.

Increase savings. With more efficient
windows, you can save money and
use less energy. Installing ENERGY
STAR qualified windows can reduce
energy bills by about 7-24 percent
compared to non-qualified windows.
Your estimated savings will vary
depending on current heating and cooling costs in your region.

Improve comfort. ENERGY STAR qualified windows do more than just lower
energy bills; they keep your home's temperature consistently comfortable.
During the winter, the interior glass of ENERGY STAR qualified windows stays
warmer compared to typical windows, even when the temperature outside dips
well below freezing. In the summer, most ENERGY STAR qualified windows
reduce the heat gain into your home, without reducing the visible light.

Protect your valuables. Drapes, wood floors, a favorite photograph: all these
things can fade or discolor after repeated exposure to direct sunlight. ENERGY
STAR qualified windows have coatings that keep out the summer heat and act
like sunscreen for your house, protecting your valuables from harmful, fading
ultraviolet light without noticeably reducing visible light.

Look for the ENERGY STAR. The ENERGY STAR guidelines for windows are
tailored to four climate zones. For example, windows in the North are optimized
to reduce heat loss in the winter, while windows in the South are optimized to
reduce heat gain during the summer. For optimal results, select ENERGY STAR
qualified windows that are  appropriate for your climate zone.

                       Making  a  Change?
                       Choose  the  Right
       If you've taken the steps outlined in the previous sections to improve efficiency
       and you continue to experience problems, or if your HVAC system is old
       (10- 15years) or networking, consider replacing your equipment with a high-
       efficiency unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. It's a good idea to do some
       research on options for a new heating or cooling system before your current
       one breaks, so you can make an informed decision if you  need to act quickly.

       How much energy you save will vary based on your use and climate, with
       colder regions saving more with ENERGY STAR heating equipment and hotter
       regions saving more with ENERGY STAR cooling equipment.
           Furnaces are the most commonly used residential heating system in the
           United States. Running most often on gas, but sometimes on oil,
           propane, or electricity, furnaces deliver their heat through a duct
           system. Furnaces that have earned the ENERGY STAR have higher AFUE
           (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings. AFUE is the measure of
           heating equipment efficiency, represented as a percentage. Most
           furnaces that can qualify for the ENERGY STAR will be "condensing"
           furnaces where the transfer of heat is so thorough water or condensate
           is a byproduct of combustion. This condensing occurs with systems
           over 90 percent efficient. Another feature of efficient furnaces is a
           highly efficient blower motor (commonly an ECM, Electronically
           Commutated Motor, or another type of "advanced main air
           circulating fan").

           A boiler heats your home by burning gas, propane, or oil to heat water or
           steam that circulates through radiators, baseboards, or radiant floor
           systems. Boilers do not use a duct system. Boilers that have earned the
           ENERGY STAR have higher AFUE ratings. Features that improve boiler
           efficiency include electronic ignition, which eliminates the need to have
           the pilot light burning all the time, and technologies that extract more
           heat from the same amount of fuel.

Central  Air  Conditioners
Most residential central air conditioners are called "split-systems"
because they have an outdoor component with a condenser and
compressor and an indoor component with an evaporator coil. It's very
important to replace both of these units at the same time. Installing a
new outdoor unit without replacing the indoor unit is likely to result in
low efficiency, and may lead to premature failure of the system.

ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners have higher SEER
(Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio)
ratings than today's standard models. SEER is the  most commonly used
measurement of efficiency for air conditioners. It measures how
efficiently a cooling system will operate over an entire season. EER
measures how efficiently a cooling system will operate when the
outdoor temperature is at a specific level (95 degrees F).

The central air conditioner also needs a blower motor—which is usually
part of the furnace—to blow the cool air through the duct system. The
only way to ensure that your new air conditioner performs at its rated
efficiency, is to replace your heating system at the same time. It's
especially recommended  if yourfurnace is over 15years old. If you
purchase a new energy-efficient air conditioner but connect it to an
older furnace and blower motor, your system will not perform to its
rated efficiency.
    _   Heat Pumps
         Heat pumps provide both heating and cooling in one integrated system.

         Electric Air-Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs). ASHPs, often used in
         moderate climates, use the difference between outdoor and indoor air
         temperatures to cool and heat. ENERGY STAR qualified ASHPs have
         higher SEER and EER ratings than conventional models. They also have
         a higher Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), which
         measures the heating efficiency of the heat pump.

         Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs).  GHPs are similar to air source heat
         pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating,
         cooling, and often water heating. Because they use the earth's natural
         heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and
         cooling technologies currently available. Although initially expensive,
         you  can achieve significant cost savings on energy bills. GHPs are most
         often installed in new homes and require a duct system.

Work with  a  Heating
and  Cooling  Contractor

Whetheryou want to schedule an annual equipment
maintenance check-up oryou've decided that you need to
purchase and install new heating or cooling equipment,
you will need to hire a contractor.
      The following sections will help you find the right contractor, get quality and
      value from the contractor and your new equipment, and get a signed agreement
      on the work to be done. Many of the following recommendations also apply if
      you choose to work with a contractor to make other home improvements such
      as home sealing or ductwork.

      Choose the Right Contractor
      A reputable contractor should:

      Perform an on-site inspection of the work you want completed and provide a
      detailed bid in a timely manner.

      Demonstrate to you that the company is licensed and insured to repair and
      install heating and cooling equipment (many states require this).

      Be able to provide his/her certification for refrigerant handling, required
      since 1992.

      Have several years of experience as a business in your community.

      Provide examples of quality installation of energy-efficient heating and/or
      cooling equipment work, with names of customers that you can contact.

      Complete and submit the warranty information card on your behalf.

      Leave all equipment manuals and provide documentation of installation
      procedures, including sizing calculations, AHRI certificate, and records of any
      measurements or testing.

      Clearly explain the benefits of regular maintenance and help you set up a
      schedule to keep your system operating at its best.

Sign an Agreement  Before Work Begins
Both you and your contractor should sign a written proposal
before work gets started. The agreement or proposal should:

List in detail all the work that is  being contracted and show you a layout of
where the equipment is going to be installed.
Specify all products by quantity, name, model number, and energy ratings.
Provide manufacturer's warranty, equipment documentation, and contractor
installation warranty information (if applicable).
Give the payment schedule.
State the scheduled start and completion date.
Describe how disputes will be resolved.
State the contractor's liability insurance and licenses if required.
Outline paperwork and permits  needed for the project.

                        Get an  ENERGY  STAR
                        Quality Installation
       Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient
       models is a great start. But to make sure that you get the best performance, the
       new equipment must be properly installed. In fact, improper installation can
       reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent—costing you more on your utility
       bills and possibly shortening the equipment's life.
                              Quality Installations Deliver Your Equipment's
                                Full Potential, Many Installations Do Not
Make sure to ask your
contractor if his or her
work meets ENERGY
STAR Quality Installation
guidelines. These
guidelines, based on the
Air Conditioning
Contractors of America's
(ACCA) quality installation
specification, require:

Proper Sizing
of  Equipment
Installing the right size equipment for the home is essential to getting the best
performance and comfort. Many homeowners believe that bigger is always
better when buying new heating and cooling equipment. In reality, a system
that's too large will not keep your home comfortable because of frequent 'on/off
cycling. Incorrect sizing can also put stress on system components and shorten
the equipment's life. With an ENERGY STAR Quality Installation, your contractor
will  make  sure that you  get a system that is the right size for your home.
                                   Refrigerant Charge
                                    + Low Airflow
                                   + Incorrect Sizing
                                    + Duct Leakage
Sizing + Duct
 Duct  Installed to
      Sealing Ducts
      To help ensure that your new system delivers the heated or cooled air to all the
      rooms of your home, contractors using ENERGY STAR Quality Installation
      guidelines will  evaluate your duct system to identify leaks, and then seal them
      using mastic, metal-backed tape, or an aerosol-based sealant. In some
      instances, your contractor may advise you  that it is necessary to replace or
      add ducts.

Ensuring Proper Refrigerant Charge
Incorrect refrigerant level can lower efficiency by 5 - 20 percent and can
ultimately cause premature component failure, resulting in costly repairs. With
an ENERGY STAR Quality Installation, your contractor will verify that the
refrigerant level  in the system is correct.

Optimizing Air Flow
If air flow in your heating and cooling system is too high or too low, you may
experience comfort problems and higher utility bills. With an ENERGY STAR
Quality Installation, your contractor will test air flow and make any needed
adjustments for optimal performance.

When purchasing heating and cooling  equipment, choosing energy-efficient
products is a step in the right direction. However, asking the right questions of
your contractor and making sure your equipment is properly sized and installed
are also important elements to ensure that your new system performs at
optimal efficiency.

Quality Installation  Checklist
When installing your new heating and cooling equipment, your contrac-
tor should do the following to ensure a quality installation:

Provide adequate room around the equipment for service and maintenance.

Install and set up a programmable thermostat (if not already in use).

Show you how to change the filter(s).

Test and verify proper airflow (if a furnace or heat pump).

Verify that your furnace or boiler has been tested for proper burner operation
and proper venting of flue gases. The vent piping should be inspected for leaks
or deterioration and repaired  or replaced as necessary.

Install a properly matched indoor coil when  replacing an outdoor unit. An old
coil will not work efficiently with a new outdoor unit.

Confirm that the  level of refrigerant charge and the airflow across the indoor
coil meets the manufacturer's recommendation. It's estimated that more than
60 percent of central air conditioners are incorrectly charged during installation.

Place the condenser in an area that can be  protected from  rain, snow, or
vegetation, as specified by the manufacturer. If you have a central air
conditioning unit, cover your outside equipment during the winter to protect it
from snow and ice. Heat pumps need to be left uncovered to properly operate
during the winter.                                                      **


Post this checklist where it can be a daily reminder to save energy, save money,
and help fight global warming with ENERGY STAR. Then go to energystar.gov/
changetheworld and tell us the steps you plan to take.

D Change a Light: Replace at least one light in my home with an ENERGY STAR
   qualified one. Buy ENERGY STAR qualified holiday lights.
D Choose ENERGY STAR qualified products: TV, DVD player, home theater in a
   box (sound system), clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator.
D Choose ENERGY STAR qualified equipment for my home office: computer,
   monitor, multi-function device, fax, ink-jet printer.
D Enable my ENERGY STAR computer and monitor to sleep while I'm away.
D Set or program my thermostat to save energy while I'm asleep or away
   from home.
D Have my heating  and cooling equipment tuned-up by a professional and
   change my air filter.
D Seal obvious leaks and repair disconnections in my home's duct system.
D Seal my home's envelope (outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors)
   with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping, and add insulation to
   the attic.
D Use a power strip as a central turn off point for all my office equipment to
   completely disconnectfrom the power supply.
D Unplug electronics once they are charged.
D Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies.
D Create a Green Team with my co-workers to help build support for
   energy efficiency.
D Talk to my boss about earning EPA's ENERGY STAR for our building.
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practices. Learn more at energystar.gov.                                   *f<^>»

For more information
visit www.energystar.gov
Office of Air and Radiation
August 2009
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