An HVAC system upgrade can be overwhelming. Luckily, the Energy Star program makes it easier to find high-efficiency equipment that not only encourages energy savings but helps the environment as well.
What is Energy Star?
The program was created by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Its purpose is to make it easier for consumers to find products that help reduce energy consumption, save money and protect the environment.
The Energy Star label
Qualified products are recognizable by their bright blue label. To earn this designation, products must undergo testing and prove capable of:
- Providing nationwide energy savings
- Saving consumers enough money to recoup their initial investment
- Offering top-notch performance and must-have features
These products must also be available for multiple manufacturers, and they are required to prominently display the label once approved. In addition, they must continue to meet evolving EPA specifications.
Evolving EPA specifications
Some of the factors that may prompt the EPA to reconsider their product guidelines include:
- A discovering of flawed testing procedures
- Changes in federal minimum efficiency standards
- Advancements in technology that allow for enhanced savings
- The availability of qualified products
- A lack of product performance or quality
- Insufficient energy savings
Benefits of labeled products
When a product carries the exclusive label, you know that it will perform in a way that ensures efficiency, savings, and environmental safety. When it comes to choosing a high-dollar investment such as a home air conditioner, it also provides an easy means of narrowing your field of choices.
For example, an Energy Star-qualified air conditioner promises approximately 14 percent higher efficiency than a comparable standard model. That’s because these air conditioners a carry higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), which means they are more efficient at using energy to cool your home. This higher efficiency level is achieved thanks to top-of-the-line technology and features, such as two-stage cooling and improved coil design.
For more on Energy Star-qualified HVAC systems, speak to one of our trained technicians. Contact Sherlock Plumbing Heating & Air today for an expert consultation.