The Energy Star: Your Guiding Light for Efficient HVAC Upgrades
If your air conditioner is 10 years old, breaking down frequently or not keeping your home comfortable, you may be considering replacement. When selecting a new system, efficiency is key in long-term energy savings. Among your available options, Energy Star products offer you a guiding light for efficient HVAC upgrades.
What Makes Energy Star Special?This program, established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992 under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution, helps individuals save on energy expenses and protect the earth’s climate with the most energy efficient products available. Products in the program must be third-party certified based on testing in EPA laboratories. According to the program, over the past 20 years certified products “have helped Americans save nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.” Furthermore, this program has introduced a new Most Efficient label, designating equipment that performs above and beyond the basic standards of the logo.
Some Benefits of Upgrading to Energy Star Equipment:
- Lower bills Compared to an older system, replacing your current air conditioner with an Energy Star-certified system can offer you substantial savings on your energy bills that add up throughout the life of the system.
- Tax credits Select, high efficiency systems may qualify for a tax credit. Your HVAC contractor can verify eligibility by reviewing the Manufacturer Certification Statement.
- Better air quality for your home and the environment Newer systems better control humidity which helps prevent mold and mildew growth, improving indoor air quality. In addition, these new systems have been designed to function with R-410A, an EPA-approved, chlorine-free refrigerant that is better for the environment than R-22.