Upgrading Your Equipment? Let The Energy Star Guide You
When upgrading your home heating and cooling equipment it can be difficult to know where to start. Like most consumers, you probably want to find the highest-efficiency products that fit within your budget. One way to narrow your options is to shop for equipment that carries the Energy Star label.
Energy Star is a program created in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The idea was to create a voluntary program that would allow manufacturers to apply labels to energy-efficient appliances and devices. These labels are designed to help consumers quickly identify which products consume the least energy.
The program started with personal computers and monitors, and now covers more than 60 different categories of products. Now nearly all appliances, electronic devices and even entire homes can bear the Energy Star label.
When it comes to home heating and cooling, you can use this program to your advantage. By shopping for furnaces and air conditioners that carry the Energy Star label you can be assured that you are choosing energy-efficient models that will help you save power. Not only is that good news for the environment, it’s also good news for your pocketbook. With today’s rising power costs and the limited availability of fossil fuels, it’s more important than ever to make smart choices when it comes to energy usage.
If you are located in the Edwardsville area and would like help finding an affordable, high-efficiency heating or cooling system, contact us at Ernst Heating & Cooling. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help you find the ideal solution for your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Energy Star and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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