Are you on the lookout for new heating or cooling equipment for your Northeast Ohio home? Is the Energy Star logo on every appliance you see? If so, it’s probably high time you learned about the federal Energy Star program’s new Most Efficient label. Let’s take a look at some common questions about the new program:
Is the Energy Star logo being phased out?
Not at all. The Most Efficient program was borne out of necessity, as a way to assist consumers in distinguishing the most energy-efficient appliances from all the rest. In the last two decades since the creation of the Energy Star label, energy efficiency has grown by leaps and bounds. Since nearly every model is now able to meet the required standards, a new program was needed to further separate the best from the rest.
What are the new standards?
To earn the Most Efficient label, a product or appliance must demonstrate the highest level of energy efficiency. To illustrate this point, consider the fact that a furnace must have an AFUE rating of 97 percent or higher in order to be considered for the label. Plus, in a move that consumers will appreciate, manufacturers are not permitted to assign the label themselves, as was the case with the original Energy Star logo. This alone will help consumers make more informed choices.
Where can you find out more?
This is the easy part. All you have to do is visit the Energy Star website. Once there, you’ll find access to the 2013 Most Efficient models, each separated into categories and subcategories, as needed. Plus, you can find out additional information about each model on the coveted list. In addition to a picture and basic description of each piece of equipment, you can look over the unit’s capacity, energy usage, estimated cost of operation, and other details specific to its category, such as SEER, AFUE or HSPF.
For more expert advice about the Energy Star logo, or for any other questions relating to home comfort and energy savings, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have been serving the Greater Cleveland area for over 77 years.