One of the most important considerations is choosing the right HVAC installer. The right HVAC installation company can guide you toward the right system for your home.

When vetting an HVAC installation company, be sure to get a written estimate that includes the size, brand, warranty, efficiency rating, fees, and permits along with any necessary ductwork, ventilation, electrical work, thermostats, and fuel delivery changes. You should also make sure that the installation company is licensed, bonded, and properly insured. It is also a good idea to check out the company’s online reviews and rating with the Better Business Bureau and make sure that they follow Energy Star® installation guidelines.

If energy efficiency is your primary concern, you may want to invest in a hybrid heating system that combines both a heat pump and a furnace for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Energy Star® provides a handy checklist to help you compare bids from various HVAC installation companies.