The Basics on Energy Star Guidelines

The Basics on Energy Star GuidelinesHave you ever wondered how products certified by the Energy Star program earned their “star” status, and if they lived up to their claims for better comfort and performance? If so, read on to learn more about the program’s guidelines for product certification, and the benefits you’ll receive by upgrading to Energy Star-certified HVAC systems.

Significant Energy Savings

One of the guidelines for an HVAC system to become Energy Star-certified is that the system contributes to significant energy savings nationwide. When you consider that nearly half of the energy consumed by the average home is attributed to heating and cooling, it’s safe to say that a condensing gas furnace boasting 98.7 AFUE earned its star.

Advanced Features and Performance

One of the nice characteristics of high-efficiency HVAC units is that they must employ advanced technologies that boost performance and comfort that consumers demand. Consider that the condensing furnace used in the above example for superior efficiency also boasts variable-speed technologies that adjust blower speed, heat, and airflow capacity in increments as slight as one percent.

Return on Investment

For a gas furnace to earn Energy Star-certification, it must deliver no less than 95 AFUE. Compare that heating efficiency to a standard and very old furnace of 80 and 65 AFUE, respectively, and your high-efficiency furnace is going to save you 15 to 30 percent heating costs. Over the long run in your Middletown home, that’s a nice return on investment (ROI).

Efficiency Ratings

Following are minimum efficiency criteria for popular HVAC units as outlined in the program’s guidelines:

  • Gas furnace: minimum 95 AFUE.
  • Oil furnace: minimum 85 AFUE.
  • Gas boiler: minimum 90 AFUE.
  • Heat pump and central air: minimum 14 SEER for split-system air-source units.
  • Heat pump: minimum 8.5 HSPF for split-system air-source units.

Follow the Energy Star

Your new Energy Star-certified HVAC system is only going to maintain maximum performance if it’s professionally installed. Work closely with an HVAC contractor with a stellar reputation so you make the most of your investment.

To learn more about the Energy Star program or certified systems, contact 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 Energy Star guidelines and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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