You’ve likely seen the Energy Star logo on appliances, electronics, and building products. It is a script “energy” followed by a five-pointed simple star in a square with the words “Energy Star” at the bottom. Some people may perceive that Energy Star is a brand or a manufacturer’s marketing campaign. The fact is it is actually a government sanctioned volunteer program administered by the EPA. Let’s take a look at the Energy Star program, how and why it got started, and why choosing an Energy Star central air conditioner can be of significant value to you.
What is Energy Star?
According to the government’s Energy Star website, it is “The most successful voluntary energy efficiency movement in history.” That’s a pretty bold claim. It was started by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1992, under the Clean Air Act. It was actually created to reduce air pollution. This ultimately led to the development of more energy efficient buildings and products. After a quarter of a century, the Energy Star program continues to fuel adoption of more energy efficient products, practices, and services throughout the United States, helping to limit greenhouse gasses.
In order for products, like whole house air conditioners, to earn the Energy Star label, they must be certified by a third-party. This third-party certification is based on testing in laboratories that are EPA recognized. So while the program is “voluntary”, it doesn’t mean companies can just volunteer to put out the Energy Star logo on their products. The Energy Star must be earned and certified by an outside party that is sanctioned by the government. A product displaying the Energy Star logo has earned that distinction through proven and documented energy savings.
The Value of an Energy Star Central Air Conditioner
One of the biggest values of an Energy Star central air conditioner is it is more efficient to operate, directly saving consumers on utility bills. According to Energy Star, their certified central air conditioners not only have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings but also use about 8-percent less energy than conventional new models.
Read the end of that last sentence carefully: “…8-percent less energy than conventional new models.” That means if you are choosing between a brand new Energy Star certified central air conditioning and another new unit, your savings will be 8-percent more choosing the Energy Star system. This, of course, means that if you are replacing an older unit with a new Energy Star central air conditioner, your savings will be dramatically higher. Think of how those savings can add up over the life of an air conditioner!
Energy Star products are so much more efficient than older products, the program recommends that if either your heating or central air unit is over 15 years old and one needs replacement, you replace both at the same time with an Energy Star unit. Of course, along with significant energy savings, you and your family can feel good knowing you are minimizing your carbon footprint on the planet.
Learn More About Energy Star Central Air Conditioning from Althoff Industries
If you would like to learn more about Energy Star central air conditioners and how, when properly sized, they can keep you more comfortable while lowering energy use and costs, call us at Althoff Industries. We are helping more and Chicagoland area homeowners discover the benefits of Energy Star central air conditioners for today and into the future.