How to Read and Understand the EnergyGuide Label

How to Read and Understand the EnergyGuide LabelThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that manufacturers of HVAC and other types of energy-consuming equipment attach an EnergyGuide label on each of their products to give buyers a way to compare different units. Once you know how to read and understand the label, you’ll find it easier to weigh your options and choose new heating or cooling equipment when the time comes to upgrade.

EnergyGuide Labels Provide Valuable Information

Two of the most valuable details you’ll find displayed on EnergyGuide labels are efficiency ratings and estimated yearly operating costs. Keep in mind that these figures represent optimal operating conditions and factors such as your home’s insulation level, ductwork condition and the quality of installation can directly impact equipment performance. Exactly what’s included on the label varies depending on the type of equipment, but here’s a helpful general overview.

  • Product details and features: On the label’s upper-right corner you’ll find the model number, manufacturer and size. The opposite corner lists the type of equipment and key features.
  • Efficiency rating: Information on efficiency is displayed on the label’s midsection. Central air conditioner labels have the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), and heat pump labels display the SEER and heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). Furnace and boiler labels list the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). Just below the unit’s efficiency rating is a linear scale that provides a comparison to the ratings of similar units.
  • Regional efficiency map: Central air conditioner and heat pump labels have a U.S. map that highlights and lists the specific states where the unit meets efficiency standards.
  • Kilowatt-hour energy consumption: The labels on certain types of equipment display an estimate of the unit’s annual energy consumption in kilowatt hours. You can multiply this figure by the rate charged by your energy supplier to come up with approximate yearly operating costs for different units.
  • Energy Star logo: Units that meet the Energy Star program criteria for enhanced efficiency and energy savings display this logo on the bottom-right corner of the label.

For help understanding the EnergyGuide label, contact the Middletown HVAC experts at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about EnergyGuide label and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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