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What it Means to Buy Energy Star

By Your Comfort Advisor 1/4/16 9:16 AM Time to read:

Chances are you've seen the Energy Star logo on appliances while walking through a store. You may even own one of these products. But have you ever wondered what the small label means? If you're ready to update your old equipment with newer, more efficient equipment, Energy Star rated products are your best bet. Your energy bill and wallet will thank you. Read on to learn more about the history of the logo and how the program equals big savings for you.  

History of Energy Star

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy manage the Energy Star program to save taxpayers money, promote energy-efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Established in 1992, Energy Star began as a voluntary labeling program to identify energy-efficient products. Over the years, the program added new product categories. Now, you can see Energy Star labels on everything from home appliances like refrigerators to office equipment and even new "HVAC equipment", homes, and commercial buildings.  

The Meaning Behind the Logo

When, for example, your A/C unit, furnace, or heat pump bears the Energy Star logo, it means an EPA-approved laboratory rigorously tested and approved the unit for energy efficiency. But what exactly does each test involve? Initially, a lab will assess whether or not the equipment will contribute to nationwide energy savings. Then it must be shown that the consumer's demands regarding the equipment's performance and features will be satisfied while maintaining its energy efficiency. Lastly, since Energy Star should be synonymous with savings, statistics show the percentage of energy savings earned which will offset the cost of the energy efficient equipment over the less expensive and less efficient product in a reasonable amount of time. Since heating and air conditioning systems can consume up to 44% of your monthly utility bill, choosing Energy Star-approved equipment means significant savings.  

The Benefits of Buying Energy Star

When almost half of your utility bill goes toward heating and cooling your home, owning an energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system can save you serious money. If your equipment is more than ten years old or simply not living up to your standards, call Burgeson's Heating and Air Conditioning. One of our non-commissioned Comfort Advisors can give you a free, no-obligation quote on a new, Energy Star-rated, Lennox home comfort system.   Remember, installation is just as important as the product itself. Improper installation reduces your system's efficiency by up to 30 percent which leads to higher bills and a shorter system lifespan. That's why we at Burgeson's ensure you get quality products and excellent service.