A network of independent residential hvac contractors in Canada is making information on furnaces and air conditioners available to homeowners on its website: www.ClimateCare.com.

For example, "Although it is not glamorous, good home comfort equipment that is correctly installed can increase the value of your home, lower utility bills, prevent costly repair bills, and can even improve some health problems¿ The number one rule of shopping for home comfort equipment is to shop for the contractor first and then the equipment. Even the best piece of equipment can be next to useless if not installed correctly."

There is advice on choosing a contractor by talking to friends and neighbors, paying attention to what companies sponsor local community events such as Little League, etc.

ClimateCare describes itself as "a co-operative of independently owned heating and cooling professionals."

For more information on Climate-Care call 888-838-5390.