What Can the Information on the EnergyGuide Label Tell You?

It’s designed to provide at-a-glance information about energy consumption of a device in order to allow consumers to comparison shop among different makes and models for the most efficient choice and lowest operating costs.Since its introduction in 1992, the Department of Energy’s EnergyGuide label has become a familiar sight among most homeowners. You’ve probably become accustomed to seeing the bright yellow label on a variety of products including air conditioners and furnaces. It’s designed to provide at-a-glance information about energy consumption of a device in order to allow consumers to comparison shop among different makes and models for the most efficient choice and lowest operating costs.

Energy efficiency data included on the EnergyGuide label must be established by laboratory testing in conformance with strict standards. In addition, the following criteria are applied:

  • The unit must provide significant energy savings.
  • Features and performance must meet marketplace demands.
  • Where the purchase price of an air conditioner or furnace is higher than less-efficient models, lower energy bills must compensate for the higher sticker price.

Here’s HVAC information an EnergyGuide sticker typically includes:

Air Conditioners

  • The manufacturer and model of the specific unit.
  • The unit’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. This numeral represents the ratio between the BTU capacity of a unit — the amount of heat it takes out of your house — and the kilowatt hours of electricity it consumes while doing so. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit.
  • A graph depicting the unit’s SEER rating relative to other models of similar type and price.

Furnaces

  • The manufacturer and model of the specific unit.
  • The unit’s AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization) rating. This is a percentage that represents the amount of usable heat generated by a furnace versus the amount that is lost in the combustion process. The higher the AFUE percentage, the less heat is lost and the more efficient the furnace is. Higher AFUE percentages generally mean lower operating costs, though other factors such as home insulation and air sealing also influence monthly expenses.
  • A graph depicting the unit’s AFUE rating relative to other models of similar type and price.

For help interpreting the EnergyGuide label, ask the experts at Paitson Bros., serving Terre Haute since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about EnergyGuide Labels and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Public Domain/Wikipedia”

This entry was posted in Energy Evaluations and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

What is 0 + 0 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
  • Click Here, For
  • » Call Us: 1 (812) 232-2347

  • How Can We Help?

    We're glad to answer questions... just click below for our contact form:

    Free Estimate

    Schedule Service

  • Recent Posts

  • Topics




  • Life's Journey &quo...
    By Jeff Paitson
  • About Jeff

    Jeff Paitson Jeff Paitson is a third generation business owner who continues to run the business with the same values that have been passed down from previous generations since 1922.

    Jeff’s belief is that the business belongs to Jesus Christ; therefore 10 percent of the company’s profits go toward the Maryland Community Church.

    Jeff is a Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce member and in his spare time, he enjoys photography.
    More »
  • About Ethan


    Ethan Ethan Rayburn is a lifelong resident of Terre Haute and a 2005 graduate of Purdue University.

    An Eagle Scout, Ethan spent four years as a non-profit executive with the Boy Scouts of America before joining Paitson Bros. as a comfort advisor and later General Manager. In that role, Ethan has brought a renewed enthusiasm for customer care, integrity, value, and service to Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning.

    Ethan enjoys singing and was a member of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. He also enjoys playing and coaching soccer, spending time with his family and two young boys, and volunteering his time and resources with his church, Terre Haute First Baptist Church, which he has attended from a very young age.
    More »