What’s Better Than The Energy Star Logo? The Energy Star Most Efficient Label

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You’ve probably looked for the Energy Star logo when you’ve been shopping for energy-efficient appliances and home heating and cooling systems. The logo has always represented value to the consumer.

But there’s a new designation within the program that you should know about. It’s the Energy Star Most Efficient label, giving priority attention to equipment that performs above and beyond the basic standards of the Energy Star logo.

The inception of the Energy Star program years ago spurred the production of much more efficient equipment across the board. It motivated manufacturers to comply with the new regulations — if they wanted their equipment to bear the sought-after Energy Star logo. The end result of the program has been fewer greenhouse gas emissions without a sacrifice of performance, features or comfort. But now that the market has become crowded, so to speak, with so many great options that qualify for the Energy Star logo, the program has evolved to include a second designation: the most efficient label.

To qualify for this prestigious label, equipment must meet stringent guidelines. Furnaces, for example, must meet an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of 97 percent. Further, the equipment must be certified and approved by a third-party independent organization. Once equipment receives certification, Energy Star adds it to its Most Efficient list for that year, and consumers can access the list when shopping for new systems.

You can rely on the Energy Star logo to guide your selection of appliances and heating and cooling systems. But now there’s a new label — most efficient — that you should consider when you’re looking for top-performing equipment. For more information, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We’ve served homeowners in the Cincinnati area since 1910 with quality heating and cooling installation and repairs, master tune-ups, plumbing services and home performance consultations. Give us a call, or visit our website for more information.

"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- 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."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.



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