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ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized and trusted label on products that meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To qualify for ENERGY STAR, heating and cooling units must meet or exceed specific efficiency ratings.
Heating and cooling can account for nearly half of the energy used in your home, according to Energystar.gov, so it’s important to invest in an energy efficient system.
|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.|
Upgrading your heating and cooling system isn’t the only way you can be energy efficient at home. When shopping for dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and refrigerators you should also check for the ENERGY STAR logo.
Washing machines that meet the ENERGY STAR standard use technology to cut energy consumption by up to 25% and water consumption by up to 45% compared to conventional washers.
What happens if your air conditioner or heating system isn’t the right size for your home?
A vital step to getting a more efficient matched system for your home is to have your local dealer conduct a load calculation. With a proper load calculation for the right-sized system, you’ll get improved comfort with great efficiency. A basic load calculation takes into account your home’s foundation, roof color, insulation, window type and square footage.