Upgrading your HVAC system can be a big step toward home energy savings. Among the many features you should look for, the Energy Star logo is one of the most important. Systems certified by the Energy Star program are top of the line regarding efficiency.
The Energy Star Program
The EPA started this program in the early 1990s. Its purpose is to encourage energy savings and help the environment. Manufacturers may, voluntarily, have their air conditioners and other products put though stringent testing to determine if they meet or exceed the EPA’s Energy Star standards for energy efficiency. Only products that pass these tests are allowed to display the Energy Star logo.
The Benefits of Upgrading to an Energy Star-Certified System
- Save on utility bills: Room air conditioners with the Energy Star logo use around 10 percent less energy than other models. Central air units that have met Energy Star criteria can reduce your bill by around 30 percent. This means you will receive a good return on your investment in the end. Due to savings on your energy bill, you will quickly recoup the extra cost you might initially pay for a high-efficiency model. After this, you will continue to save money, which you could use to invest in other energy-saving features for your home.
- Tax credits: If you upgrade to an Energy Star-certified A/C in 2013, you also may be eligible for a tax credit.
- Fewer maintenance worries: Getting a new energy-efficient air conditioner means less chance you will have to deal with costly repairs this year. In addition, when the refrigerant needs recharging, you won’t have to worry about the availability and high cost of the old ozone-depleting types of refrigerants, which are being phased out. Energy Star-certified A/Cs use a more environmentally friendly refrigerant.
For more information about the Energy Star logo, energy-efficient A/C upgrades and other home savings and comfort issues please contact us at All Temp Co. Air Conditioning & Heating. We serve Harrisburg, Quail Hollow, Pineville, Matthews, Harrisburg, Cornelius, Huntersville, Moorseville, Concord, Kannapolis, Davidson and surrounding areas.