You’re probably familiar with the bold yellow EnergyGuide label that displays efficiency ratings and energy costs on new major appliances. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires HVAC equipment manufacturers to place them on heat pumps, boilers, furnaces and air conditioners. The information on an HVAC unit’s EnergyGuide label is geared toward helping you make the most cost-effective and efficient choice when it’s time to upgrade your heating and cooling equipment.
EnergyGuide Labels Provide a Wealth of Valuable Data
One of the most difficult tasks involved in choosing new HVAC equipment is comparing models with different efficiency ratings and features, and that’s where EnergyGuide labels can help. You’ll find all the data you need to easily make side-by-side equipment comparisons, including:
- Specific unit details: On the top right corner of the label, you’ll find the model number, size and manufacturer’s name. The left side lists the equipment type and the unit’s main features.
- Energy efficiency rating: The information on the label’s midsection varies based on equipment type. Central air conditioner labels display the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). Heat pump labels list both the SEER and the unit’s heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). Furnaces and boilers show the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. Just below the rating is a linear scale that shows how that specific model rates compared to similar units.
- Regional efficiency standards: On central A/Cs and heat pumps, the EnergyGuide label display a map of the United States with a list of states where the equipment can be installed.
- Kilowatt hour energy consumption: Some labels list an estimate of the kilowatt hours a unit consumes annually. You can determine the equipment’s approximate yearly operating costs by multiplying this figure by your supplier’s energy rate.
- Energy Star logo: If the Energy Star logo is displayed on the bottom right of the label, you’ll know the equipment is built with features that can boost energy efficiency by up to 15 percent over a comparable basic model.
For expert advice about the EnergyGuide label and help choosing the right HVAC equipment for your Monmouth County home, contact 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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