Learning About Energy Star GuidelinesThe federal Energy Star program was established in 1992. It’s goal was and is to spearhead the reduction of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by, in large, making it easier for consumers to choose energy-efficient products that offer superior performance and features.

So, when you are shopping for a furnace or central air system, look for Energy Star-certified products, and use this guide.

Certification Guidelines

Many HVAC systems and water heaters may earn Energy Star-certification if they meet minimum efficiency specifications and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The type of product, such as a furnace, water heater, and air-source heat pump, must significantly contribute to nationwide energy savings.
  • The energy consumption and performance of the system can be measured and verified.
  • Energy-efficient technologies are offered by more than one manufacturer.
  • In addition to offering more energy-efficient operation, products must offer consumers better features and performance.
  • The price difference of certified products that cost more than non-certified counterpart must be able to be recovered through energy savings within a reasonable time period.

Better Savings and Comfort

In order for HVAC systems to achieve Energy Star-certified status, they must use advanced features that save energy and enhance comfort. For example, an Energy Star-certified gas furnace boasting a 97 AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating may employ a variable-speed blower motor, a modulating gas valve, and dual-heat exchangers.

These features adjust heating output in real time to maintain consistent and comfortable temperatures. Moreover, the dual-heat exchanger converts 97 percent of heating fuel for home heating. When you compare this efficiency to a very old furnace delivering 65 to 75 AFUE, you’re going to save 20 to 30 percent on your heating bill.

If you are replacing your central air system along with your furnace, the minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating for split systems is 15 SEER. However, high-efficiency cooling systems are going to deliver 20 SEER or better, compared to 10 to 14 SEER of older A/C units.

To learn more about Energy Star guidelines and certified HVAC systems for your Traverse City home, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Energy Star guidelines and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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