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The Energy Star: Why It Matters When You’re Making a Cooling or Heating Investment

Posted on: July 31, 2012

Any wise investment strategy involves doing your homework before you buy. Your HVAC system is an investment and deserves the same consideration. Fortunately, Energy Star makes it easier to make a wise purchase when it comes to heating and cooling equipment.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced Energy Star in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program for identifying energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products. When the program began it was used mainly for computers and monitors, but eventually expanded to heating and cooling equipment, major appliances and building components. In 2010, the Energy Star program was responsible for helping businesses, organizations and consumers save approximately $18 billion.

Why should you look for the Energy Star when making your HVAC purchase?

  • As much as 54 percent of your energy bill goes to heating and cooling. Purchasing Energy Star products that meet strict efficiency criteria will give you the best return on your energy budget.
  • An Energy Star label means that the product meets federal guidelines for efficiency ratings, such as SEER, AFUE and HSPF. This means they will be approximately 14 percent more efficient than other models.
  • The Energy Star label ensures that unit will release fewer greenhouse gases.
  • Using Energy Star products may qualify you for special energy-efficient financing if you are building a new home or remodeling an existing one.
  • Certain areas of the country offer tax credits, rebate offers and utility grants for using products with the Energy Star label.

    Don’t purchase new HVAC equipment without looking for the Energy Star label – it’s your guarantee that your system will help you save money on energy bills while you help conserve the environment.For more information about Energy Star, contact the professionals at Acosta Heating & Cooling where excellence has been our hallmark since 1972.