By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,
In the past, researching home cooling and heating equipment was a chore. These days, however, you can find a great deal of information by simply reading the EnergyGuide label. This label, required by the federal government, can be found on home-comfort products including heat pumps and air conditioners, as well household appliances such as freezers and refrigerators.
Reading the EnergyGuide label
The information displayed on the EnergyGuide label may vary depending on the product, but the basics include:
- Manufacturer information
- Product model
- Sizing info
- Key features
In addition, you’ll see information regarding estimated annual energy consumption and costs. When reading the EnergyGuide label, take special note of this key information, as it will allow you to make apples-to-apples comparisons of possible cooling and heating options:
- Estimated yearly operating cost: This figure is based on the expected electricity usage of the appliance and the national average cost of energy, and it allows you to do a side-by-side comparison of different products in much the same way you might compare performance-enhancing features.
- Estimated yearly electricity use: Based on typical household usage, this figure can be used to get an even more accurate estimate regarding the costs of annual operation; simply multiply this figure by your local electricity rate.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that these figures are estimates and may not reflect actual energy usage or costs. This is due, in part, to the fact that these figures are updated once every five years, which means they may not reflect the most current pricing information.
Looking for the Energy Star logo
When reading the EnergyGuide label, you may also find the Energy Star logo. This means that the product you’re considering has rated above and beyond the standard in terms of energy efficiency and environmental safety. Choosing an Energy Star-qualified product can mean significant energy savings over time.
If you need help reading the EnergyGuide label, or would like expert advice on choosing the right cooling and heating systems for your home, contact Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. We serve the counties and surrounding communities of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles.
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