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So you’ve made the first step – it’s time to address the comfort of your home. Maybe your current system isn’t working as well as it should. Perhaps you’re tired of the living room being warmer or colder than the bedroom. All. The. Time. Or maybe you’re finally ready for a new system and were looking at zoning as a solution. We happen to think zoning is a great solution, but we’re biased.

And as you’ve probably seen, there’s a lot of “biased” information out there. Search results seem to be clogged with Ads. One search, and suddenly your newsfeed is filled with expert advice and “click now” offers.

So how do you sort things out? While they can’t afford digital ad campaigns, many trade organizations, nonprofits and government agencies have valuable and unbiased information that can help you make the right decision. Here are some of our favorites.

  • Energy Star – An excellent starting point. Energy use ratings, rebate finders, tax credit calculators, advice and more. We especially like their Guide to Saving Energy at Home.
  • Energy.gov – The US Department of Energy website and an excellent resource. Learn about the latest government programs, advances in efficiency standards, and even recommended thermostat settings, a part of the Energy Saver section.
  • ASHRAE – The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, this global society seeks to set standards, accreditation, and more guidelines for the HVAC industry. Primarily aimed at professionals and engineers, knowing that whatever partner you choose for your solution is associated with ASHRAE can be important.
  • ACCA – The Air Conditioning Contractors of America, a trade organization dedicated to setting professional standards for HVAC professionals. Their Homeowner Resource page is invaluable in helping you prepare and select a contractor partner.
  • NATE – North American Technical Excellence is to HVAC Technicians what ASE is to Automotive Techs. Their Homeowner page has savings calculators, definitions, technician locator, and much more.
  • – the homeowner-centered site run by the National Comfort Institute, or NCI. Comfort, Safety, Energy and Health sections let you research and learn or find a certified tech.

  • DIY Shows – This can seem like a great first step; after all, you’ve been watching them for years. But keep in mind that most shows, or the networks they air on, have sponsorship deals and may be passing along marketing material as best practices. If you want to do some research in this area, This Old House, the grandaddy of home improvement shows, does an excellent job of keeping to impartial advice.
  • YouTube – Just like with DIY shows, it’s essential to go in aware of where your content is coming from and who may be paying for it. Look for #Sponsored as a start, and check the description for any links that may show a bias. We like Word of Advice TV, which has a lot of great videos, including this one that reviews all the major components of your HVAC system.

Impartial advice can not only help you determine what type of system or upgrade may be suitable for your home, but lead you to a certified contractor, help you calculate energy savings, and much more. If that leads you to consider zoning as a solution, we hope you’ll consider Arzel, and of course, don’t just take our word for it; check out our Google Reviews!

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