Energy Star label is the government-backed(EPA), trusted symbol for which represents energy efficiency of a product. It was created to help consumers save money and protect the environment by giving us energy-efficient products and practices. The symbol gives us a standard measurement that shows how a product meets these standards. The energy star label makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products.
What is Energy Star?
How Does The EPA Determine How Products Earn the Label?
Products must meet the energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR product specifications in order to earn the energy star label. The EPA establishes these specifications based on the following criteria:
- Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
- Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
- Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
- Certified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
- Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.
- If the certified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
Does The EPA Revise Product Specifications?
Periodically, the EPA can revise product specifications based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: a change in the Federal minimum efficiency standards, technological changes with advances in energy efficiency which allow a revised ENERGY STAR specification to capture additional savings and significant issues with consumers realizing expected energy savings.
How to Read The Energy Star Label
Typically, the higher an EER the more efficient system the system is, and the more money it can save you on your home or commercial utility bills. The label will give you the efficiency rating of the unit compared to similar units in that product category.
How to Choose The Right Heating Or Cooling System
Although, we advise that you consider many factors when exploring the right system for your home. Factors heating and cooling professionals should discuss with you, prior to any installation include: the architecture/layout of your home, the age and type of existing heating and cooling products and ductwork in the home, as well as your budget. It is only by considering all these factors that you will obtain the best system that meets your needs.
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Spectrum Heating And Cooling provides free in-home estimates, so we can help you choose the best system for your home and budget. Give us a call today at 781-343-1515.