ENERGY STAR does matter and can save you money in the longer term.
If your furnace or air conditioner is at the end of their life cycle, definitely look for the ENERGY STAR label.
New, energy-efficient equipment can help you save money on energy bills over the next 10-20 years. And saving even a little on your energy bill goes a long way when you consider that HVAC systems last approximately 15-20 years.
When you see the ENERGY STAR logo on a product, it means that the product meets specific standards for energy efficiency that often exceed the federal minimum standards. You should also ask your Waterloo Energy Products Comfort Specialist about ENERGY STAR ratings on any new equipment you’re considering purchasing. This gives you detailed information about annual energy consumption and operating cost, so you can comparison shop. An important point to remember: many air conditioners do not have an energy star label. This is because their efficiency is determined by the evaporator coil (installed above your furnace) as well as the blower motor inside your furnace. Ask for an AHRI certificate for your system if you want to know if your equipment meets Energy Star requirements.
|ENERGY STAR Air Conditioners||ENERGY STAR Furnaces|
|ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioners have higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) ratings, making them more than 15 percent more efficient than standard models.||ENERGY STAR certified furnaces have higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings and higher efficiency blower motors, making certified gas furnaces, on average, more than 10 percent more efficient than standard models.|
When comparing the energy usage for each appliance or piece of equipment in your home, you can see exactly where choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products can have the biggest impact.
|Heating & Cooling||47%|
|Washer & Dryer||13%|
|TV, Cable, DVD||3%|
For more information about the federal ENERGY STAR program and tips on saving money on your home equipment please visit the ENERGY STAR program website
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