When you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, you should always work with a licensed technician and installer to find the right HVAC installation and size for your home. However, it’s never a bad idea to take a look around and see what’s out there first. And if you’ve already done so, you may have noticed how the best systems are ENERGY STAR labeled.
What is ENERGY STAR?
The ENERGY STAR seal is given to many different types of products by the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). You’ll find it on refrigerators, dishwashers, office equipment, and even vending machines.
On an air conditioner, the ENERGY STAR seal is government approval and verification that the system meets federal standards for energy efficiency—protecting the environment by using minimal energy per AC cycle. In addition, your bills are lowered, and the seal certifies that cooling power does not suffer as a result of the increase in efficiency. In fact, performance is often improved over low-efficiency models.
How much will a new system cost?
Something else you might notice when you shop around is that the ENERGY STAR products have a bigger price tag than those that aren’t EPA certified. However, you should feel confident knowing that, over time, the energy savings offset that price. Besides, financing is available from many local dealers and installers.
Are all ENERGY STAR products efficient?
All ENERGY STAR products meet and exceed minimum energy standards for AC systems in the US. However, some are more efficient than others. Look for a higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) for an air conditioner that will use even less energy for cooling. While the minimum SEER in our area is 14, the most efficient systems can reach levels closer to 20 SEER.
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