Consumers are more well-informed than ever, and as a result, they often seek out products that are considered to be the best or most efficient in their class. For this reason, many only consider highly fuel-efficient cars, Energy Star labeled refrigerators, or televisions rated as top performers in consumer magazines. While this principle may work with other types of products, it does not always apply to the purchase of a high-efficiency heating and/or cooling system.
That is because HVAC equipment works in concert with the rest of the house, so if homeowners are to receive the improved comfort and energy savings they’ve paid for, it is first necessary to make sure the whole house functions as a system. This includes making sure that the HVAC systems are sized, designed, and installed correctly; that there is suitable insulation and ventilation in the home; and that the ductwork is properly sized and sealed.