The ENERGY STAR Quality Installation (QI) program, now known as ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI), helps homeowners identify contractors who install heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment according to the quality installation guidelines of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's (ACCA) HVAC Quality Installation Specification, which is recognized as an American National Standard. These industry best practices help ensure that your new HVAC equipment is:
- Correctly sized to meet your home's needs
- Connected to a well-sealed duct system
- Operating with sufficient airflow in the system
- Installed with the proper amount of refrigerant
When new HVAC equipment is installed to meet ESVI guidelines, common installation problems are avoided that can reduce the efficiency of your new equipment and your home. These improvements to efficiency can reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 30%. ESVI programs are currently offered in four states.