19 Jun How to Reference the EnergyGuide Label When Upgrading Your HVAC Equipment
You’ve probably seen the EnergyGuide label proudly displayed on home appliances. If you’re purchasing a new appliance, heat pump or other HVAC product that is a participant in the EnergyGuide program, the label information is crucial for maximizing your investment. Find out here how this bright yellow label can help.
Guide to Energy Savings
The EnergyGuide program is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), belonging to its consumer protection initiative. The label’s purpose is to help HVAC consumers choose the right product for their needs by simply comparing similar products using energy efficiency information provided by the product manufacturers. Products required to display the label include such items as furnaces, central air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators and clothes washers.
See comparison points displayed on EnergyGuide labels that can aid you in determining lifetime costs for each product you are considering:
- Reference the label information to compare features within similar price ranges.
- Compare estimated energy usage and operating costs among models.
- Plug in average local utility rates in your San Antonio home and estimate the annual electricity consumption, which may help you calculate lifetime costs.
Reading EnergyGuide Labels
The product information on the EnergyGuide label is easy to reference, but you need to know what each section means to best use the EnergyGuide to your benefit while shopping for new HVAC equipment. See the description of each section on the label.
- Advanced features: Locate a product’s advanced features printed on the upper left-hand corner.
- Manufacturer information: The manufacturer of the product, equipment size and model number and are placed in the upper right-hand corner.
- Operating costs: The estimated annual cost is shown as a graphic displayed in the middle of the label.
- Annual energy consumption: Listed underneath the operating costs graphic is information about the product’s estimated annual energy usage.
- Energy Star: If a product is Energy Star-certified, the blue Energy Star logo will be shown in the bottom right-hand corner.
For more advice about using the EnergyGuide label, contact Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning today.