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  • Review this easy checklist with your customer to identify telltale signs that it's time to make a change to their cooling system.
  • Members Online Listing — Take advantage of ACCA's partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, and get your company name listed on the ACCA Contractor Locator Page. Log into your account at: ACCA Contractor Locator Exit ENERGY STAR and scroll down to the section for Additional Info.
  • ENERGY STAR Factoids for use in your website, ads, brochures and other business collateral.
  • Offer a quality installation to increase efficiency. Seventy percent of installed residential cooling systems suffer from inadequate airflow. Improper airflow can result in equipment failure, high energy bills and poor comfort. At the minimum, airflow across indoor coils should be checked and adjusted if necessary. Improper refrigerant charging can lower efficiency by up to 20%. Make sure you install a heating and cooling product that is sized correctly. Oversized equipment will increase your customer's costs and reduce comfort. Ensure proper sizing by completing an ACCA Manual J load calculation.
  • Maintain your customer’s system. A well-maintained system will ensure that they get the most out of their home heating and cooling investment.
  • Seal your customer’s ducts. Leaky air ducts can decrease the overall efficiency of a heating and cooling system by as much as 20%. Inspect and test duct system for leakage and offer customer repairs recommendations.
  • Improve the home envelope. If you add up all the holes, cracks and gaps in an average home, they can allow in as much air as an open window. ENERGY STAR Home Sealing reduces drafts and helps to keep your customer comfortable. Help your customers find services that save money and increase comfort. If they want to do it themselves, give them the Do-It-Yourself Guide to ENERGY STAR Home Sealing PDF (2MB).
  • Finding Qualified Equipment — The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) have developed an online database which can be used to find qualifying ENERGY STAR equipment. All equipment listed in this online database meets the specification requirements for ENERGY STAR. This online database is solely maintained and operated by CEE and ARI.

    To help understand how to use this online database, we have created a quick guide PDF to help you with the various fields used in this online database. Search CEE-AHRI Online Database Exit ENERGY STAR.

Tools for your customer:

  • Maintenance Checklist: Highlights benefits of and options for maintenance plus a 10-point contractor maintenance checklist.
  • Home Improvement Tools: An array of interactive tools to help your customer make energy-saving, cost-effective upgrades to their home, enhancing their home's value and comfort, while also protecting the environment.

ENERGY STAR fact sheets to show your customers:

Duct & Sealing Resources

Below are links to related sites and information. These links will take you out of the ENERGY STAR Web site.

The articles below warn about some of the failures of cloth duct tape:

Indoor Air Quality Resources