Are you familiar with the Energy Star logo? You can find this distinctive blue label bearing the logo affixed to a wide range of efficient products, including HVAC equipment and appliances.
If you’re shopping for a new air conditioner, furnace or other HVAC-related equipment, looking for the Energy Star logo is the key to shopping for efficiency. Choosing an Energy Star-rated appliance means you’ll save considerable money on utility bills, particularly when it comes to HVAC equipment, which is the largest consumer of energy in most American homes.
Earning the Energy Star Label
The Environmental Protection Agency awards the Energy Star rating after a product is tested according to strict guidelines in an approved laboratory and then reviewed by a third party for certification.
Energy Star-rated products must also belong to categories that can contribute significantly to energy savings across the nation. They must be capable of performing at a level in line with consumer demands, while operating efficiently. Further, they must have features in demand in the marketplace.
Often, Energy Star-labeled products cost more than their less-efficient counterparts, so consumers should be able to recoup the cost of the increased efficiency by saving money on utility bills within a reasonable time.
Some of the HVAC-related products eligible for Energy Star certification, besides A/Cs and furnaces, are water heaters, dehumidifiers, boilers, ductless mini splits, ventilation fans and geothermal and air source heat pumps.
Not Just About Savings
While using Energy Star-rated products has saved homeowners millions of dollars in energy bills since the program was launched in 1992, Energy Star also plays a role in reducing homeowners’ carbon footprints. The less energy each homeowner uses, the less power that is needed, and that translates to less use of fossil fuels and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star program has helped promote an estimated savings of 2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since it was started.
For more on the how the Energy Star logo can help you find efficient HVAC equipment, contact Stack Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electric. We’ve provided quality service to our Lakewood-area customers since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about the Energy Star logo and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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