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What Does the ENERGY STAR Label Mean on ACs and Heaters?

If you’ve purchased any type of appliance or electronic device in the last couple of decades, you’ve more than likely heard of the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Energy use in homes, buildings, and industry account for two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. ENERGY STAR certified products have been instrumental in reducing this energy use in order to significantly decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But what does all this mean for your air conditioner and heater?

Reduced Expenses and Carbon Footprint

The average American household spends about half of all energy costs on operating their HVAC system. Inefficient systems come with their own set of costs, including repairs, making it costlier for you. They are also costlier for the environment, producing GHG emissions that contribute to global warming. By using an ENERGY STAR certified HVAC system, you are saving money, and you are also doing your part to help the planet.

Complete Climate Control

Energy efficient HVAC units, such as ENERGY STAR certified systems, can be equipped with programmable thermostats. These are instrumental in controlling cooling costs in addition to improving comfort. Many programmable thermostats even come with smartphone apps so you can turn on your AC or heater before you get home and turn it off after you leave, giving you more control over the temperature of your home.

ENERGY STAR certified AC systems have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings, and use about 8% less energy than conventional models. If your AC system or furnace is over 15 years old, you will benefit greatly from purchasing a new ENERGY STAR certified energy-efficient HVAC system.

Call Malek Heating & Cooling today for residential and commercial HVAC services in Wilmette, IL.

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