When you need a new home heating and cooling system, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices. But if you can find the EnergyGuide label, you can get valuable, unbiased information about your upgrade.
What is the EnergyGuide label?
Heating and cooling systems, along with other household appliances, are required by the Federal Trade Commission to carry a bright yellow EnergyGuide label. This label provides important information about the appliance’s efficiency and allows you to comparison shop in an educated manner.
Using the EnergyGuide label
Once you find the EnergyGuide label, you’ll see at least some the following, depending on the appliance:
- A list of key features for that particular type of appliance
- Information regarding the appliance’s make, model and size
- Cost range of similar models
- Estimated yearly operating costs based on national averages
- Estimated yearly electricity use based on typical household usage
- Energy Star logo (if the appliance passes Energy Star efficiency guidelines)
This information allows you to make comparisons between models. The estimated yearly operating costs of different air conditioners can be lined up for a side-by-side comparison in much the same way as you might compare other A/C features such as two-stage compressors and auto-delay fans. You can also use the estimated yearly electricity use to estimate your own operating costs. This can be done by multiplying this statistic by your local electricity rate.
Be sure to make note of appliances bearing the Energy Star logo. These products have been tested and approved according to energy-efficiency standards created by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency and will provide long-term energy savings and environmentally-friendly operation.
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Of course, you’ll find the EnergyGuide label much easier to understand with an expert HVAC professional on hand to answer your questions. If you need help choosing an HVAC upgrade for your Greater Cleveland area home, contact us today at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.