The Energy Star ratings system was developed in the 1990s as a way for companies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants associated with energy consumption attributed to many standard household products such as appliances, electronics and HVAC systems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the standards and grants the rating when specific requirements are met. This certification makes it easier for the consumer to purchase these products that are better suited for the environment without giving up performance, quality or high-tech features. Canada is an international partner in the U.S. Energy Star program.
To earn Energy Star ratings the HVAC unit must meet specifications based on these principles:
- Products must demonstrate energy efficiency along with features and performance demands of the customer.
- The product must give significant energy savings to most areas of the country.
- The energy efficiency must be readily available, non-proprietary technology offered by any manufacturer.
- The energy used and the operation of the product must be measurable and verified through testing.
- If the product costs more than similar less efficient modes, the consumer must be able to recover their initial investment through savings on energy bills within a reasonable amount of time.
- The Energy Star rating sets products apart and is more visible to buyers.
You can trust the Energy Star ratings
The Energy Star ratings is a federally sponsored program and you can trust that the labeling on such products assures of their quality, performance and efficiency. Energy Star ratings can be secured by homes, windows, buildings, light bulbs, furnaces and refrigerators; almost all products that use gas or electricity qualify. This is extremely true for the HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Cooling) equipment. You can rest assured that when you purchase any HVAC unit that has the Energy Star seal, you can know that it not only meets the government requirements, but exceeds them, providing you with the best energy efficiency.
Does the Energy Star ratings really work?
Over the past two decades that this policy has been in effect, the EPA reported that families and businesses have saved over $230 billion on energy bills. More importantly, it has prevented the release of almost 2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This is an example of what can be achieved when business, government and market forces join to make a real difference.
Contact us today to learn more about the Energy Star certified air conditioners and furnaces that we have available.