On January 1, 2015, my former employer, the US Department of Energy (DOE), released new regulations regarding HVAC efficiency standards. These new laws increase the minimum efficiency ratings required on all new air conditioners and heat pumps. The DOE regulations also include a “matching” requirement for HVAC equipment that states when a system can no longer be repaired with “like-kind parts,” all existing and new components must be compatible with the same efficiency rating as a newly manufactured system. The net effect will be to significantly increase the cost of new air conditioners and heating systems. Find out why right here!

When you are looking at a home to purchase, pay close attention to the age and condition of the heating and cooling systems. If you believe that those systems will need to be replaced soon, you might want to ask the seller for a home warranty which will pay toward the cost of repairs or the replacement of the unit. To read more about the new regulations, click here. If you haven’t found that dream home yet, start your search right here to find all the homes on the market that match your wish list!

If you are thinking about selling your home in Bethesda, be sure to have your HVAC systems serviced. It will add to the buyer’s peace of mind and will be beneficial to you in negotiating the top price for your home.