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Heating and Cooling System Maintenance

Air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps help regulate the temperature in your home and make it more comfortable. To ensure that your heating and cooling systems remain effective and efficient, regular maintenance is needed. Preventative checkups may also prolong the life of your systems. Maintenance requirements vary depending on the type of system, so it is best to consult your owner s manual. However, general suggested maintenance includes:

Buying a New Heating and Cooling System

Choosing a new heating or cooling system can be daunting. However, by doing your homework and talking to licensed heating and cooling professionals, upgrading cooling and heating systems can make your home more comfortable and reduce energy costs. Below are some tips to remember when purchasing a new system:

For more information on maintaining or buying heating and cooling systems, consult these Web sites:

Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute ( ENERGY STAR's Maintenance: Benefits and Suggestions (
Home Inspection Connection ( s Service Guides (
Missouri University Extension s Heating System Maintenance (
Pacific Gas and Electric Company s Save Energy and Money (
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (

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