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HVAC Shopping? Check Out Energy Star’s ‘Most Efficient’ Criteria

Trends come and go, but when it comes to energy efficiency, Energy Star is something you can count on. And as if that wasn’t enough, now they’ve introduced the new Most Efficient program. So if you’re looking for new heating or cooling equipment for your San Diego area home, there’s no better time than the present.

From pilot program to successful addition

The Most Efficient program was introduced in a pilot capacity at the beginning of 2011. Since then, more categories have been added and consumers seem to be loving the benefits it offers. Going into 2013, it’s looking to grow even more than it already has.

So why did Energy Star see the need for a new program? Ironically, it stemmed from the fact that too many appliances, be it heating or cooling equipment, televisions, ceiling fans, and many others, were reaching the standards required to earn the original label. After all, when’s the last time you walked into an appliance store and found an eligible unit that didn’t have the label?

Stricter criteria takes the guesswork out of your decision

Equipment that earns the right to carry the Most Efficient label is meant to represent the most energy-efficient models available on the market. This means that each unit must meet higher minimums, such as a 97 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating for gas furnaces. Each type of unit has different criteria to strive for and must be tested and certified by a third-party entity rather than the manufacturer.

As if all that wasn’t enough, Energy Star has also made it extremely easy to hunt down the equipment you’re looking for. To find out which models reach the required criteria, simply check out the 2013 Most Efficient list on the Energy Star website. You’ll find all the details you need to make an informed decision.

For more expert advice on the Energy Star Most Efficient program, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air. We serve the HVAC needs of San Diego and its surrounding areas.