Get the Scoop on Energy Star Guidelines

Get the Scoop on Energy Star GuidelinesFor almost 25 years, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program has empowered consumers with the information they need to make the most efficient choice when shopping for household products. Originally conceived in 1992 to evaluate the energy consumption of computers and monitors, the program now tests and certifies hundreds of power-consuming devices from HVAC systems down to small electronics.

Certification means a product has been laboratory tested utilizing standardized criteria to determine that it meets goals for superior energy efficiency and enhanced performance, as well as providing feature options that today’s consumers demand. In addition to those broad goals Energy Star certification also offers these assurances:

  • If an Energy Star product comes with a steeper initial purchase price than non-certified products, the buyer will recoup the cost difference via energy savings over a reasonable time frame.
  • To be eligible for certification, products must undergo laboratory testing and meet published standards for efficiency and performance.
  • As technology advances, criteria for certification will be reviewed and adjusted upwards.

For the homeowner upgrading heating and cooling systems, the Energy Star label provides critical assurances that they’re choosing from the most efficient and highest quality products currently on the market.

  • Certified gas furnaces have AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings of at least 90%, compared with the 80% specification for standard efficiency units. These units typically utilize advanced engineering such as two-stage burners that adjust to the home’s heating load, dual heat exchangers to recover spare heat normally lost in the combustion process and a variable speed blower that circulates warm air with programmed output.
  • Central air conditioners must demonstrate efficiency greater than the standard SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 13. This enhanced efficiency comes with higher technology including a thermal expansion valve that automatically adjusts the flow of refrigerant to meet the home’s present cooling load, dual-speed compressor and variable speed ECM system blower.

Advising homeowners in the Wabash Valley since 1922, the professional at Paitson Bros. are ready with more information about Energy Star certified products.

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 Energy Star guidelines and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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