The Energy Star rating is like a badge of honor for many manufacturers. It’s not exactly easy to get this rating, especially for major home appliances like central air conditioners. It takes ingenuity and resolve to create an energy-efficient appliance that meets the strict standards of the government’s Energy Star program. Those that do make the grade offer numerous benefits for homeowners:
Higher Energy Savings
Heating and cooling are often responsible for about half of a home’s overall energy use. Energy Star-rated appliances help curb those costs because they’re held to a higher standard in terms of energy efficiency. One example of these standards can be seen in the SEER rating, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, of Energy Star air conditioners. Older air conditioners have an average SEER rating of around six. New Energy Star-rated models must have a rating of 13 or above, with some reaching SEER ratings above 20.
Lower Environmental Impact
The use of Energy Star appliances has made a substantial positive impact on the environment. According to EnergyStar.gov, in 2010 alone, Americans prevented the equivalent of 33 million cars’ greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere with the help of Energy Star appliances. By switching to an Energy Star-certified air conditioner, you can lower your carbon footprint with very little effort.
Certified Quality Appliances
It seems like everyone wants to jump on the “green” bandwagon these days, and it can be hard to tell if you’re buying an appliance that’s actually energy efficient. Energy Star ratings take away that uncertainty. Every Energy Star-qualified appliance has been rigorously tested by government entities to verify its energy efficiency.
To choose from a variety of energy efficient heating and cooling appliances, including those with Energy Star ratings, contact Swift Air Mechanical, Inc. We strive to offer only the best products with an emphasis on customer choice. We also offer air conditioning repair and maintenance services for all kinds of air conditioners, young and old. Call our Indianapolis office today at (317) 547-5355 for more information.