If consumers had an easy way to find quality, energy-efficient HVAC systems and other energy-using products, they could enjoy substantial savings in both money and comfort. Fortunately, the federal government has been running a program for nearly 25 years that does just that. A joint project of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, Energy Star provides consumers with a simple method by which they can choose energy-efficient, effectively performing heating and cooling systems, electronics such as TVs and computer monitors, various other home appliances, and even ceiling fans.
Products and systems that qualify receive the distinctive blue Energy Star logo. During its history, the program has allowed consumers to save billions of dollars while significantly cutting greenhouse-gas emissions.
Main Energy Star Requirements
- Different products have different metrics for measuring energy efficiency, and in each case, the program sets a minimum standard that must be achieved. For example, in order to qualify for the Energy Star, a split-system central heat pump or air conditioner must have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 15 or more. Other HVAC-type products that are rated by the program include water heaters, ceiling fans, insulation and windows.
- Performance is also important. An Energy Star-seeking product or system must perform just as well as, or better, than other products of a similar type. A qualifying product must offer features that consumers expect to see in that particular type of appliance or system.
It’s important to remember that this program not only helps you, the consumer, save money on energy bills, but it also helps the environment at the same time. The less energy consumed by an appliance or system, the fewer damaging emissions get distributed into the atmosphere.
Another benefit of the program is that Energy Star-qualified products often come with generous rebates and other incentives offered by state and federal government, as well as utilities.
For help choosing an Energy Star-qualifying heating or cooling system for your Monmouth County-area home, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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