Do you wish you had an easy way to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to selecting the best HVAC equipment for your home? We’ve got good news. There is! The Energy Star program, run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), gives consumers a simple way to select energy-efficient, solid-performing cooling, heating and other HVAC equipment for residential use. The program also awards the Energy Star logo to a variety of other qualifying electronic devices and appliances.
The Energy Star program grants qualifying appliances and products with its distinctive blue logo. Over the years, the program has helped consumers save billions on utility bills while slashing greenhouse gas emissions. Following are four advantages of purchasing products with the Energy Star logo.
In order for an appliance or product to qualify for the Energy Star logo, it must exceed minimum energy efficiency standards. The standards are different for each type of product, but in the HVAC line, an Energy Star-qualified furnace, heat pump or central air conditioner will offer 10 to 20 percent higher energy efficiency than a typical non-qualified product. Other HVAC-related products eligible for the Energy Star logo include water heaters, air purifiers, ceiling fans and building products such as insulation, windows and doors.
While a product or appliance must meet minimum energy efficiency standards as certified by a third party, they also must perform as well as or better than similar unrated products. They must also offer the expected features in that product line.
This, of course, is related to energy savings. Fewer greenhouse gases and less carbon dioxide will be emitted into the environment if the appliance consumes less energy.
Rebates and other incentives from utilities and state governments are often available with the purchase of Energy Star-qualified products. Visit the Energy Star website to find what products are eligible for these benefits in certain places.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Energy Star logos and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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