Energy Efficiency
Upgrading Or Replacing Heating, Ventilating, And Air Conditioning Equipment

What Is It?

Upgrading heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment involves replacing existing machinery with new, and more efficient, models. One method of increasing efficiency is through energy recovery, which can be achieved by various means, including improvements in zoning, heat pumps, and hardware. Current heating and cooling needs should be evaluated prior to replacing HVAC equipment so that maximum energy reductions, cost savings, and performance can be achieved. Ideally, improvements to the building envelope should be undertaken prior to replacing HVAC equipment so that smaller units can be considered.


Upgrading HVAC equipment with more efficient models will reduce energy consumption, costs, and CFCs. Additionally, the most recent innovations in HVAC equipment give these systems longer operating lives, as well as greater ease in the management of temperature control. An up-to-date HVAC system is essential to any commercial building becoming more efficient and sustainable.

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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Gillette

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates



Additional Resources

Example of Buildings with Upgraded HVAC in the Boston Area:

A Small Sample of Some HVAC Providers in Boston

  • National Grid
  • Columbia Gas
  • Veolia Energy North America


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