In today’s economy, homeowners are looking for ways to conserve energy and reduce home energy costs. In a typical household, heating and cooling costs now account for about 50 percent of home energy bills. By installing Energy Star-certified products, homeowners can conserve energy, reduce energy costs and help reduce air pollution, while still receiving solid performance.
What is Energy Star?
In 1992, the Energy Star program was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote energy-efficient products. Energy Star products represent the most energy-efficient models in a category. They must meet or exceed federal EPA standards to conserve energy, reduce energy costs, and reduce greenhouse emissions. These bright yellow and black EnergyGuide labels found on Energy Star-certified products let consumers easily identify and compare energy efficiency and performance features.
If your furnace is over 10-15 years old, consider upgrading to an Energy Star-qualified furnace. Gas furnaces all have AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings. New furnaces have AFUE ratings from 78-98 percent, compared to older furnaces with ratings as low as 65 percent. Energy Star furnaces must meet AFUE ratings of 90 percent or higher. The percentages reflect the amount of fuel that’s converted into heat.
Energy Star-certified models offer advanced features, including:
dual heat exchangers
If your central air conditioning system is over 10-12 years old, an Energy Star-labeled model can reduce your cooling costs as much as 30 percent. Air conditioners and heat pumps have SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, which reflect cooling efficiency. Energy Star models must meet SEER ratings of 14.5 or higher, whereas the federal minimum is SEER 13.
Energy Star-qualified models offer:
less operating noise
more even temperatures
cleaner air quality
If you decide to upgrade to new Energy Star-rated heating and cooling equipment, proper installation is essential to good performance. Equipment must be:
sized correctly to meet your home’s needs
connected properly to a sealed duct system
operating with proper airflow
installed with correct refrigerant levels
For more expert advice on Energy Star products and other home heating and cooling issues, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We have provided professional repair, maintenance and installation services to the Greater Cleveland area for 75 years.
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