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.

For help choosing an efficient HVAC system that is the right fit for your home, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Family owned and operated since 1910, Apollo Home strives to bring peace of mind and comfort to homes in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
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