Energy Star HVAC
According to Energy Star, half of the energy used in your
home goes to heating and cooling. Owning Energy Star heating and cooling
products helps to offset heating and cooling costs and reduce the toll on the
environment. They do this by meeting stringent standards set by the U.S.
Department of Energy and exceeding minimum Federal guidelines on energy
Although the up front cost for Energy Star-labeled products
are higher, you will save money on energy bills in the long run. Here’s how:
- Qualified air source heat pumps are 8 percent
more efficient than standard new models and 20 percent more efficient than
typical older models.
- Qualified geothermal heat pumps, which use the
ground instead of outside air to provide heat, are among the most efficient
heating and cooling technologies available. Energy Star geothermal heat pumps
use 30 percent less energy than standard heat pumps.
- Qualified residential air conditioners use 10
percent less energy than conventional models and include timers for temperature
control, saving an average of $260 in the course of the product cycle.
- Qualified boilers have an annual fuel
utilization efficiency rating (AFUE) of 85 percent or higher.
- Qualified boilers have features such as electric
ignition to eliminate waste from an ongoing pilot light, innovative combustion
technologies, and sealed combustion using outside air.
- Qualified oil and gas furnaces have AFUE ratings
of 83 to 90 percent and are 15 percent more efficient than standard models.
- Qualified ceiling fans move air up to 20 percent
more efficiently and save $15 to $25 per year in utility bills.
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No matter what type of heating and cooling system you own,
it’s possible to boost energy efficiency with appropriate sizing and
installation, regular maintenance, and sufficient home and duct sealing. For
these needs and more, contact a certified