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    What to Know About Electric Heating for Your Home

    If you need a new way to stay toasty warm during the colder months, there are multiple types of electric heating to consider. From an electric furnace to heat pump, learn average costs, features, and pros and cons.

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    10 Smart Ways to Weatherize Your Home in the Winter

    Seal up those drafty entryways and doors before the cold weather sets in. Follow these 10 tips on how to weatherize key areas of your home to keep it safe and cozy all winter long.

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    How to Check Your Attic Ventilation With a Smoke Test

    Knowing how to do a smoke test to check attic ventilation can help extend your roof’s life and reduce your energy bills. Learn the six easy steps of the smoke test here.

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    7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Basement Dehumidifier

    A dehumidifier in the basement helps make the space more enjoyable when you don’t feel like you’re swimming in there. But you’ll want to consider these seven items first when learning how to choose a dehumidifier for a basement.

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    10 Home Services You Shouldn't Skip

    Providing the proper maintenance to your home will keep it up and running safely and efficiently all year round. HVAC checkups, chimney sweeps, and plumbing inspections are some of the home services you shouldn’t skip.

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    Are Baseboard Heaters Efficient?

    Have you ever wondered if your baseboard heaters efficiently heat your space? Here’s what you need to know about the two main types of baseboard heaters and how to curb their energy-greedy habits in the coldest months.

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    HVAC System Inspections: Frequency, Cost, and Why They Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

    HVAC system inspections are an important part of your home maintenance plan and can keep you from having to make costly repairs or replacements in the future. Here’s what you need to know about the frequency, cost, and purpose of HVAC inspections.

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    Does Shutting Furnace Vents Improve Energy Efficiency?

    It might seem like a good idea to close vents in unused rooms to save on heating and cooling costs—but you could be harming your HVAC system. Here are five reasons you shouldn’t be closing vents in your home.

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    The Logistics of Switching to Central Air in a Baseboard-Heated Home

    A central air system is great for someone looking to cool and heat their home all year round. Even if your home uses baseboard heating, you can still make the switch. Read on to learn more about adding central air to a baseboard-heated house.

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    Here's What to Know if You're Considering Switching to Geothermal Heat

    Geothermal heat pumps are much more sustainable than conventional heaters. But, with a heftier price tag, is geothermal worth it? If you’re on the fence, here’s what you need to know before switching to a geothermal system.

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    Wait! Follow These Steps Before Turning On Your Heater for the First Time This Season

    After a long summer collecting dust, your heater likely needs a tune-up to gear up for the winter season. Don’t even consider blasting the heat until you complete a pre-season check. Follow these steps before turning on your heater after summer.

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    7 Winter Energy-Saving Tips to Cut Your Electric Bill

    Your energy bill often increases during the winter due to cold weather. There are several strategies to implement to help conserve your heat and lower your energy bill.

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    5 Types of Furnaces for Your Home and Their Features

    Ideally, your furnace will heat your home for years to come. Choosing the correct type of furnace for your house size and climate could save you a lot of money on energy bills. Learn five types of furnaces, average costs, and pros and cons of each.

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    How Often You Should Get a Termite Inspection

    Termites may be small in size, but they can cause giant-sized problems to your home if left untreated. Regular inspections can protect you from costly damage and major headaches. But how often should you actually get your home checked for termites?

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    How Much Does a New Furnace Cost?

    Furnaces have gotten more efficient in recent years, so if yours is struggling to warm your house, it might be worth getting a new unit. You might even save on your monthly utility costs! This guide breaks down what you can expect to pay.

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Five Questions to Ask Air Conditioning HVAC Pros

Big or small, your project is a significant investment. That’s why we recommend interviewing at least three qualified HVAC professionals before making a hiring decision. Ask the following questions to determine whether a pro is the right fit for your project.

1. Should I be aware of any technology changes?

Air conditioning manufacturers are constantly innovating. Talking to your prospective pro about new features and technical specs will ensure you get the right unit for your home — and that you hire a pro who is up to date with the latest in AC tech.

2. How will you ensure my AC unit is the right size?

AC units come in different sizes. Installing the wrong unit will negatively impact your energy efficiency and comfort. Be sure you pro plans to perform a heat-load calculation before they begin any installation or repairs. These tests determine which AC unit size is right for your home.

3. Are financing options available?

Financing options make it easier to afford the AC unit that will work best for your home. It’s best to hire pros who have installment or payment plans available.

4. Are seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) ratings important?

SEER ratings determine the efficiency of your unit. Hire a pro who understands these ratings and who is able to match the right unit to your home. Installing an inefficient unit can raise utility bills and create an uncomfortable climate in your home.

5. Will you inspect my ductwork?

Your ductwork should be sized to match your unit. If you’re installing a new unit, ask your pro to ensure your ducts will work with your new unit. It’s a bad idea to hire a pro who refuses to look at your ductwork.

Five Questions to Ask Your Heating Pro

1. Are you experienced with my type of system?

Heating systems come in a huge variety of designs, from cutting-edge geothermal units to old-fashioned radiators. It’s important that your pro has experience working with your type of unit.

2. What hours are you available?

Most heating repairs take place inside your home. Be sure your pro’s schedule will work with your own.

3. What brands do you carry?

Many HVAC companies carry only specific brands. It’s critical that your pro is able to provide the right replacement parts for your type of system.

4. What’s your payment schedule?

Some heating system repairs can incur major costs. Be sure your pro offers payment plans or financing options if you’re tackling a big repair or installation. 

5. Do you offer service contracts?

Service contracts ensure your heating systems receives regular maintenance. This is especially useful after a major repair or replacement. Don’t forget to ask your pro about contract options.


  1. How much do HVAC companies typically charge?

    The average cost to hire a HVAC contractor is between $40 and $100 per hour, while some may be more expensive, there will typically not be any cheaper option that would be qualified and licensed to do HVAC work.

  2. How much are typical HVAC repair costs?

    The average cost for a repair is around $200 and $1,500. However, each project is different and costs can range from $200 to fix a refrigerator leak, to several thousand dollars to install or repair an A/C unit.

  3. Should HVAC technicians be certified or licensed?

    Yes. Every state has their own requirements for licensing and certifications for HVAC contractors.  Be sure to check our state licensing tool to review the local HVAC guidelines.

  4. What questions should I ask a HVAC contractor?

    There are several questions or things to know before hiring a HVAC pro to do any work in your home.

    •   Do they have proper licensing and certification?

    •   Do they charge for estimates?

    •   Can they provide references?

    •   What brands to they carry or service?

  5. How many HVAC contractors are in the US?

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2020, there were 344,020 HVAC contractors employed in America. Their average salary was $25.68 per hour, with an annual wage of $53,410. Florida has the most HVAC professionals employed (33,210) with California (32,410) following just behind. Alaska has the highest average hourly wage at $38.28 per hour.