Energy Star Guidelines 101
Advancements in heating and cooling equipment have led to improved efficiency, which helps homeowners save money and use less energy. When you’re looking for new HVAC equipment, choosing Energy Star products indicates that you’re getting a high level of energy efficiency. Keep the following information in mind when looking for these products.
Energy Star Labels
Products have to meet certain requirements in order to have one of these labels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determines which products receive this label based on certain specifications, such as how much energy savings they provide, whether or not energy savings will offset the cost of the products over time and whether or not energy consumption and performance for these products can be verified and measured. Products that meet these requirements have a blue Energy Star label, which shows that they provide a significant amount of energy efficiency.
Energy Star Products
Several HVAC products are included in this program, including furnaces, central air conditioners, heat pumps, room air conditioners and portable air conditioners. Boilers, water heaters and dehumidifiers are also included. Choosing one of these products helps ensure that you’ll reduce energy usage in your home and be able to heat and cool it more efficiently. This means that your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard or run as often in order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Less wear and tear on your system can help it last longer and decrease the risk of repairs, especially major ones. While you might initially pay more to have one of these systems installed, you’ll end up recovering that cost in lower energy bills over the years.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues — especially HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.