Heating and cooling costs the average homeowner about $900 a year – nearly half their total energy bill. Find ways you can save on your heating and cooling costs here.
Central air conditioners provide the function of air-cooling, and may include the functions of air-circulation, air-cleaning, dehumidifying or humidifying.
If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an ENERGY STAR certified model could cut your cooling costs by 30 percent.*
Air-to-Air Heat Pumps provide the function of air heating with controlled temperature, and may include the functions of air-cooling, air-circulation, air-cleaning, dehumidifying or humidifying.
ENERGY STAR certified heat pumps have higher ratings for heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) and use about 5% percent less energy than conventional new models.*
Mini-Split Heat Pumps cut heating costs in half compared to conventional electric heating systems and cut cooling costs by 30% compared to conventional room air conditioners. Also because they transfer heat instead of generating heat, ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini-split heat pumps use 60% less energy than standard home electric resistance-based heating systems.*
Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available, because they use the earth's natural heat to provide heating, cooling, and often, water heating.
ENERGY STAR geothermal heat pumps are over 45 percent more energy efficient than standard options.*
Experienced and professional, a participating contractor can assess your current system, explain your options and perform a quality system tune-up or installation. Before you select a contractor, be sure to check out ENERGY STAR's 10 Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor.
The BeSMART Home Loan Program provides financing to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home. By replacing and upgrading appliances, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, and whole house envelope improvements – homeowners can save on the utility bill.
Rebates may also be available for geothermal systems from the Maryland Energy Administration.