Columbia Association: Cool HVAC Upgrades For Summer Time

May 25, 2021

If we wrote a love letter to air conditioning it would take quite a long time. But like so many loves, we tend to take it for granted until there is an outage – and we realize how much we owe our comfort and sanity to our HVAC systems!

That’s why it’s so important to consider the health of your HVAC system before the dog days of summer are here. As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, so upgrading old equipment can have too much of an impact on your utility bill and carbon footprint.

As an ENERGY STAR® partner, Columbia Association (CA) would be remiss not to mention the great benefits available to you when you choose ENERGY STAR certified equipment. Read on for more information!

Energy efficiency at CA & at home

CA is actively replacing and upgrading its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment to reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

For both new and existing facilities, CA selects equipment that meets ENERGY STAR standards and / or exceeds the requirements of the building energy code. Several of these new HVAC units, some of the most energy efficient on the market, can be seen on the roof of the Supreme Sports Club.

Now is a good time for Columbia residents to consider upgrading air-conditioning equipment, especially as the heat of summer is coming our way. The Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) Smart Energy Savers Program offers up to $ 900 in discounts for ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment.

$ 900 in discounts

If your heating and cooling equipment is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it. By choosing ENERGY STAR certified equipment you can improve comfort, reduce energy consumption and save money. While ENERGY STAR certified models can sometimes be more expensive in advance, the additional cost is typically recovered through lower power consumption.

For more information on all of these BGE programs, visit For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit

This press release is produced by Columbia Association. The views expressed here are those of the author.

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