If you’re in the market for a new heating and cooling system for your home, make sure you’re aware of the EnergyGuide label that comes with all new HVAC equipment, including air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, water heaters and boilers. Being an educated consumer means knowing how to read this common yellow label so you can choose the right HVAC system for your home – one that delivers high efficiency and lower utility bills while keeping your family comfortable all year long.
Here is a simple breakdown of the different sections below the stylized black EnergyGuide logo on each yellow label:
- Upper left: lists the product and its key features
- Upper right: lists the product manufacturer, model, size
- Middle box: shows how much it will cost per year to use compared to other standard models
- Lower section: location of SEER, EER, and HSPF ratings (if appropriate for the specific appliance) indicating the energy efficiency of the product
- Lower right hand: Energy Star logo if the appliance has that certification
Not all HVAC products have all sections on the EnergyGuide label; furnaces don’t list the cost per year, but will have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating instead. You will find SEER and EER ratings on air conditioners and these plus an HSPF rating on air source and ductless heat pumps. The higher the rating’s number, the more energy efficient the product is.
Not all products with the EnergyGuide label carry the Energy Star certification. Products with this logo mean that they are better for the environment and meet stringent federal energy guidelines. Energy Star-rated products are usually more expensive to buy, but will save money over time from significantly reduced utility bills. Your qualified HVAC representative can determine the most efficient and cost-effective system for your family based upon your budget, your home’s layout, and its existing heating and cooling system.
To learn more about the EnergyGuide label and energy-efficiency ratings for appliances and other energy-using products in the Kansas City Metro area, contact us at Overland Park Heating & Cooling, an HVAC industry leader for nearly 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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