18 Aug How to Use the EnergyGuide Label When Upgrading Your HVAC Equipment
Chances are you’ve seen the EnergyGuide label displayed on home appliances. If you’re in the market for a new appliance, heat pump or other HVAC product that participates in the EnergyGuide program, the information on the label is essential for maximizing your investment. Keep reading to learn how this bright yellow label can help.
Guide to Energy Savings
The EnergyGuide program is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of its consumer protection initiative. The purpose of the label is to help consumers choose the right product for their needs by easily comparing similar products using energy efficiency information provided by the manufacturers. Products required to display the label include furnaces, central air conditioners, refrigerators, water heaters and clothes washers.
Following are comparison points displayed on EnergyGuide labels that can help you determine lifetime costs for each product you’re considering:
- Use the label information to compare important features within similar price ranges.
- You may compare the estimated energy usage and operating costs among models.
- Plug in the average local utility rates in your Indianapolis home to estimate the annual electricity consumption, which can help you calculate lifetime costs.
Reading EnergyGuide Labels
The product information on the EnergyGuide label is easy to read, though you need to know what each section means to use EnergyGuide to your benefit while shopping for new HVAC equipment. Following describes each section on the label.
- Advanced features: You can find a product’s advanced features printed on the upper left-hand corner.
- Manufacturer information: The manufacturer of the product, model number and equipment size are printed in the upper right-hand corner.
- Operating costs: The estimated annual cost is a graphic displayed in the middle of the label.
- Annual energy consumption: Listed below the operating costs graphic is information about the estimated annual energy usage of the product.
- Energy Star: If a product is Energy Star-certified, the blue Energy Star logo will be displayed in the bottom right-hand corner.
For more tips about using the EnergyGuide label, contact Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning today. We proudly serve residents throughout the Indianapolis area.