Energy Star Appliances Offers the Efficient Solution, All Year Round
Now that winter is upon us, everybody is looking for increased energy efficiency in their homes, both to save energy dollars and help the environment. An Energy Star qualified furnace or heat pump is the best option to increase efficiency and cut down on heating costs this winter.
Energy Star qualified appliances have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) guarantee that they run at top efficiency, with the least amount of environmental damage. Not only do Energy Star-labeled appliances save money, they also protect the environment by using less energy than non-Energy Star appliances, thereby helping to reduce emissions released from greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. An Energy Star rated furnace has at least a 90 percent AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating, which shows how well a furnace or boiler converts fuel into heat.
The higher the AFUE rating, the greater your energy savings, because less fuel is wasted. Another bonus for a higher AFUE rated furnace is that purchasing a qualifying AFUE 95 percent (or above) furnace will a 95 AFUE or higher furnace will get your a $150 energy tax credit. Another home heating and cooling option is the air-source heat pump. Energy Star-qualified heat pumps are superior to non-labeled models, as they will have a higher Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), as well as Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). To achieve the Energy Star for cooling, your heat pump or A/C will need a SEER of at least 14, and for heating, the heat pump will need a minimum HSPF of 8.
To find out more about how the Energy Star can save you money, please contact us at Sobieski Services. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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