When you are shopping for a new HVAC system, be sure to have a look at the EnergyGuide label. Created by the U.S. Department of Energy, the EnergyGuide label provides an easy way to compare the energy usage of a major appliances to similar products, helping you to choose the one with the best energy efficiency and features for your budget. The labels are standard on air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and other major appliances, and they contain similar information for each.
Features and Model Identification
At the top of the label is the EnergyGuide logo, followed by information about the basic features and model. On the left is information about the product’s features, such as the type of fuel used by a furnace or the type of air conditioner, and on the right is the brand name and model of the product. This information helps you to identify the product and make sure you are doing a proper comparison between like models.
Energy Usage Information
In the middle of the label are the statistics on energy usage, which vary between types of appliances:
- Air conditioners: For air conditioners, a scale is displayed that indicates how the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) compares to other like models with a range of 13 to 26. The higher the number, the more efficient the system is.
- Heat pumps: To gauge the performance of heat pumps, two scales are used. The first is a SEER scale for cooling performance, and the second is the heating season performance factor (HSPF), designating heating performance. Higher numbers for both the SEER and HSPF indicate a more efficient system.
- Furnaces: For furnaces, the scale indicates a model’s annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). A higher AFUE indicates a larger portion of fuel is turned into heat, making it more efficient.
- Other appliances: Typically, other appliances have an estimated annual energy cost and other statistics, such as the number of kilowatt-hours annually consumed for electric appliances.
To learn more about the EnergyGuide label on HVAC systems, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We serve Grand Traverse County.
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 EnergyGuide labels and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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