St. Louis area homeowners spend about $1,000 per year on heating and cooling, which makes up approximately half of our entire energy bills. By installing an Energy Star air conditioner, you can cut down on your home’s utility costs while also helping the environment. So what is Energy Star and how does an air conditioner qualify for the Energy Star label?
Energy star is a governmentally-backed program that was created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Its purpose is to make it easy for consumers to purchase products that are energy-efficient while still meeting standards for performance and comfort.
In order for an air conditioner to be given the Energy Star label, it must meet strict guidelines for energy-efficiency that are set by the EPA. First, the unit must have a SEER rating of at least 14 and an EER of at least 11. These minimums are about 14 percent more efficient than standard models, and Energy Star air conditioners are available with much higher SEER and EER ratings.
There are three major benefits of installing an Energy Star air conditioner. These units can:
If you have any questions about an Energy Star air conditioner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.