In the average American home, heating and cooling costs account for more than half of the household’s total annual energy consumption. Upgrading to more efficient heating and cooling equipment is a wise investment that will help you save money while helping the environment, and the Energy Star symbol is your guide to quality products.
The Energy Star program was created by the federal government to give homeowners an easy and reliable way to identify appliances and products that provide superior energy efficiency. In order to qualify for Energy Star certification, products must meet stringent requirements, including:
- Energy efficiency that exceeds minimum federal standards by at least 10 percent.
- The use of energy-saving technologies that are not exclusive to one manufacturer or company, ensuring consumers have options.
- In cases where the energy-efficient product comes at a higher up-front cost, the Energy Star program pledges that consumers can recoup the difference in the form of energy savings over the lifespan of the appliance.
If you’d like to take advantage of today’s superior technologies to reduce your home heating and cooling costs, you have plenty of options, including central air conditioners, furnaces, air-source heat pumps, radiant floor heaters and water heating systems, including both traditional tank models as well as tankless water heaters.
Various rating systems are used to express the exact efficiency of a given appliance. Here are some of the terms you should familiarize yourself with:
- SEER: “Seasonal energy efficiency ratio” is applied to air conditioners; the higher this rating, the more efficient the unit.
- AFUE: “Annual fuel utilization efficiency” measures the efficiency of a furnace; expressed as a percentage, it indicates how much fuel input is actually converted into heat.
- HSPF: “Heating season performance factor” applies to air-source heat pumps, indicating how efficiently the system uses electricity.
If you have any questions about home energy efficiency or want to learn more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact usat Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve been serving the greater Cleveland area for over 75 years, and we’ll be happy to help you slash your home’s energy bills.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy star and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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