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The Homeowner’s Guide to Efficient Heating and Cooling Options

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Who doesn’t love to save money? Owning a home is expensive, with constant maintenance and repairs that are needed often. Most homeowners try to save money when they can, like DIYing lawn care to prevent weeds, watering the plants and grass rather than installing a sprinkler system, completing a home project themselves, etc.

With summer fast approaching, the hot, humid weather will be arriving soon in Kansas City. Our HVAC systems will run in overdrive to maintain a cool temperature in our homes, causing our energy bills to increase, at least for a few months and then again during the winter months that follow. If you want to combat the increase in your cooling and heating costs, continue reading as we discuss the homeowner’s guide to efficient heating and cooling options.


Energy-Efficient Heating & Cooling Options


Does your heat stay on for long periods, yet your home still feels chilly? It’s probably time to repair or replace your furnace, depending on how well it was maintained or its age. Old furnaces that aren’t well maintained or are older become the opposite of efficient. Repairing your current furnace or installing a new one will keep your home warmer while offering energy-efficient benefits like decreased heating bills.


A/C Services

We’re lucky to have all four seasons here in Kansas City, but our summers can be brutal. Temperatures can exceed 90°, even surpassing 100° during heat waves. Our humidity is higher than most other regions, leading to sweltering summers that make us want to escape the heat and relax in our air-conditioned fortresses. Your AC unit runs nonstop during the summer, working hard to maintain a comfortable, cool temperature. Unfortunately, if your AC is older, it could increase your energy bills.

Older AC systems need to work harder to regulate the indoor temperature, leading to high energy bills from the unit constantly running. A unit with reduced airflow, dirty coils, or compressor problems can cause the unit to struggle to maintain a cool temperature throughout the home. 

If your unit is old, consider an AC replacement service from Cates Heating and Cooling. Our air conditioning services will increase your energy efficiency, leading to savings on your cooling bill. Our AC replacement includes options for all major brands, ensuring everyone has a quality air conditioner installed. Select air conditioners have a 10-year parts and labor warranty and a 100% money-back guarantee.


Heat Pumps

Looking for an efficient way to heat and cool your home without oil or gas? A heat pump is a great option, offering excellent energy efficiency and reducing heating and cooling bills. They use a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system by transferring cold and hot air through an indoor and outdoor unit rather than producing it like other heating and cooling options.



A less common yet highly efficient way to heat and cool your home is to install a geothermal HVAC system. Geothermal HVAC systems rely on underground air that runs through the unit’s fan, compressor, and pump to heat and cool a home. Geothermal HVAC systems are more expensive to install than other heating and cooling systems but they offer exceptional energy-efficient benefits including a large decrease in energy bills.


Zoned HVAC

If you have a home with many rooms that don’t seem to get warm or cool enough, you may want to consider installing a zoned HVAC system. Zoned HVAC systems divide your home into zones where they’re heated and cooled with separate systems. They create a more comfortable atmosphere and save on heating and cooling bills since your system won’t run in overdrive to heat your entire home using one unit.



Have you been wanting to heat specific rooms of your home where you don’t have air ducts? Homes that have recently added an addition will need a heating and cooling system, and a mini-split is the perfect solution. Mini-splits are essentially small HVAC units that can provide heat and AC to specific rooms in your home. They can make a new addition to your home warmer and cooler without overworking your current HVAC system, creating a more energy-efficient way to heat and cool your new addition.


Other Options for Making your HVAC System More Efficient

Air Quality Options

Poor air quality can cause health issues and decrease energy efficiency in a home. HVAC units work even harder if the air quality is poor, leading to costly heating and cooling bills. At Cates Heating and Cooling, we offer the following air quality options:


Air Filtration

If you have allergies or someone in your home who is chronically ill, you understand the importance of having good indoor air quality to breathe and feel better. Having poor air quality means your family’s health is at risk. We can install a whole-home air filtration system (flat, electronic, extended media, and ultraviolet). One of our expertly trained technicians can help you determine which is best for your home and health concerns.



A whole-home humidifier offers exceptional air quality during the cold, dry winter. It can help prevent excess static electricity, dry skin, sore throat, etc. We offer bypass, fan-powered, and steam whole-home humidifier systems – we’ll help you determine which is best for your home.



Homes with very high humidity can keep your home hot while allowing mold and mildew to grow and thrive, leading to health issues and electronic equipment failure, including harming your HVAC system. Our dehumidifiers will improve your home’s indoor air quality and, as a result, make your HVAC system run more efficiently.


Duct Repair

A residential HVAC system can’t run efficiently if the air ducts are dirty or leaky. Cates Heating and Cooling offers duct repair, or we can replace your air duct system. We also offer a duct blower test to measure the amount of leaky air to determine how efficient your ducts are.


Air Scrubbers

If you want to purify the air in your home and reduce dust and pet dander, an Air Scrubber from Aerus is an option. It cleans the air in your home while helping keep your HVAC system energy efficient. The result? A healthier home with better quality air and a more efficient heating and cooling system.

At Cates Heating and Cooling, our residential HVAC services are available 24/7. We can install any of the above systems in your newer or older home or replace your old HVAC system. Contact Cates Heating & Cooling to get started today. We’re family-owned and operated with expertly trained technicians who have provided exceptional service to our customers for over 50 years. We service Kansas City and surrounding cities, including the following:

Kansas City


Lee’s Summit



Overland Park

& more!

Contact Cates if you have any questions or concerns about your residential HVAC system or financing options for a new HVAC system!

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