Homeowners2020-06-11T15:36:13-07:00

Homeowners

It’s California law. Most HVAC system replacements require permitting and independent inspection by a HERS Rater. A CHEERS report is only available after a HERS Rater has tested & verified your new HVAC system. Before signing a contract, make sure your HVAC contractor will provide a CHEERS report. Use our Find A Pro search to find licensed professionals in your area.
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A permit and independent HERS test is required when making changes to your home’s HVAC system

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The average California home HVAC system leaks 30% of the conditioned air into areas other than living space. To combat this massive energy loss, the State of California requires HVAC replacements to be:

  • Permitted at the local Building Department
  • Installed by a licensed HVAC contractor
  • Tested and verified by an independent HERS Rater

Here’s a summary of the process and who does what:

Step 1 – Document

  • Register project with CHEERS
  • Get permit at local Building Dept

Responsibility: HVAC Contractor

Step 2 – Install

  • Install new HVAC system
  • Schedule HERS Rater for testing

Responsibility: HVAC Contractor

Step 3 – Verify

  • 3rd party testing & verification
  • Complete CHEERS Report

Responsibility: HERS Rater

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Risks of not getting a CHEERS report

A CHEERS report is available only after a project has passed verification and testing by an independent HERS Rater. If you are working with a contractor who does not pull a permit or use a HERS Rater for final testing, your contractor is breaking the law. Unpermitted and untested HVAC projects:

  • Do not comply with local and state building codes
  • May not be properly installed or operating efficiently
  • Increase utility bills and reduce indoor air quality
  • Potentially lower home resale value and jeopardize future insurance coverage and rates
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"CHEERS is awesome! They called me back promptly, answered all of my questions, set me up with the proper project in my account, and explained how to do it all. I hope everyone has the experience that I had with CHEERS. Thank you again!" "Excellent customer service! The CHEERS support team always answers my questions ASAP. These guys know CA energy code. It is very easy to upload and register my project to their website." "CHEERS is extremely user friendly and their customer service is very responsive." "As a homeowner, I didn't know where to start. Once simple call to CHEERS and they answered all my questions, got me set up, and I hung up happy."

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