There is a lot to think about these days when it comes to choosing the right home for you and your family and not all of the decisions you make will be aesthetic. Picking between an older or newer home can make a difference when it comes to heating and cooling – your comfort level and your pocketbook can both be affected. Here are a few considerations that will help you make the right decisions. As you might imagine, age isn’t always a positive when you’re looking at older homes. Although there is generally more character and charm when it comes to places that have been around longer, there are often a different set of HVAC concerns that need to be addressed as well. Older furnaces, particularly in rural areas, may run on oil, brings up a variety of different issues if holding tanks need to be replaced. Remember that the newer gas furnaces are more efficient and the best of these even boast variable speed motors that use intelligent technology to adjust fan speed as situations like dirty filters dictate. For those who want to combine the old world charm of features like crown mouldings and a more mature backyard than subdivisions allow for, a new high efficiency furnace that runs on natural gas is a great upgrade that will serve you well in energy cost savings. Modern gas furnaces have two-stage (or, even better, modulating) technology, allowing them to run at the right speed and adjust to the weather accordingly. Getting the right air conditioning unit installed is another great way to increase your enjoyment and equity as well. While newer homes generally have HVAC systems that are backed up by efficient ductwork to circulate the warm or cold air, you might need to factor in this renovation as part of the overall cost if you are working with an older home. Some of the top air conditioning models out today like the XC21 from Lennox provide a SEER rating of up to 21, while others start at 13.00. Cost and efficiency are tied together here. Living in a newer home of course means that you’ll have a more airtight environment with less circulation when all the windows are closed during inclement weather. Here the addition of a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) that exchanges air from the outside to the inside is a great way to provide fresh air and reduce heating and cooling needs at the same time. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351. Currently you can receive up to a $1375 rebate when you buy a qualifying Lennox home comfort system. It’s called the Spring 2012 Customer Promotion and it’s on now (March 12th-June 1st, 2012).