With this year’s southwest Ohio summer already one of the hottest on record, families increasingly will be looking for ways to save money on their air conditioning costs. If you’re upgrading your cooling equipment, you can’t do any better than seeking Energy Star-labeled appliances. This provides you with the opportunity to choose energy-efficient models that help lower your cooling costs while also protecting the environment with less energy usage. For the most energy-efficient models on the market, choose air conditioning units with the Energy Star label.
What is Energy Star?
The federal Environmental Protection Agency developed this label specifically to help consumers identify appliances, such as air conditioners, that use less energy than others on the market, without sacrificing comfort. The result is lower cooling costs and less greenhouse gases due to energy-related pollution.
Energy Star designation
The EPA developed a set of specifications that determine if a product earns the Energy Star designation. All labeled air conditioners must:
- feature measurable energy consumption and performance.
- contribute to significant energy savings.
- deliver the features and performance demanded by customers.
- the higher cost when compared to other air conditioners must be recouped through energy savings.
- have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 14 or above. This number represents how well an A/C or heat pump converts electricity into cooling over an entire cooling season. The higher the number, the greater the efficiency.
For more information about choosing the right A/C unit for your Dayton area home, contact Detmer and Sons, Inc.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Energy Star and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.