The Energy Star program helps consumers select products and appliances which use less electricity than alternatives with standard rates of consumption. If you’re upgrading your home’s HVAC equipment, look for the Energy Star symbol on products including air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters and heat pumps.
In order to earn the Energy Star seal, a product must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set out by the Environmental Protection Agency. Qualified products offer the following characteristics:
- Energy efficiency is achieved without sacrificing the performance features demanded by consumers.
- Recovery of any difference in purchase price between the energy-efficient product and standard alternatives through energy savings.
- Non-proprietary energy-saving technologies which are available from multiple manufacturers.
- Electricity consumption rates as well as product performance which have been quantified and verified through independent testing.
As you shop for new HVAC equipment, you will encounter the bright yellow EnergyGuide label, which provides important information about a given product’s energy consumption rates and anticipated annual operating costs. It’s important that you understand how to read the EnergyGuide label.
The label is divided vertically into three sections. In the top section, you will find a description of the central operational features offered by the product, as well as manufacturer and model specifications. The middle section approximates annual operating costs, which is based on the product’s electricity consumption rates and calculated using the current nationwide average cost of energy. You can use this information to quickly compare the operating costs of the various HVAC products you’re considering. Finally, the bottom section features an estimation of the number of kilowatt hours the product uses per year, assuming average usage patterns. You can use this information to generate a more accurate prediction of annual operating costs, based on local utility rates. This is also where you’ll find the Energy Star symbol, if the product qualifies.
At Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, we are proud to offer a wide range of Energy Star-qualified HVAC products. If you have questions about energy-efficient home comfort technologies, or if you’d like to price a new system, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We serve customers throughout the Grand Traverse County area.
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 and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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