If you’re in the market for a new heat pump, air conditioner, or ductless mini-split system, you should become familiar with the EnergyGuide label. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires that manufacturers place this bright yellow label on every piece of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment and many other major home appliances.
By understanding the EnergyGuide label for the item that you’re considering purchasing, you’ll be better able to choose the right fit for your South Florida home, based on energy efficiency and other factors. Here’s a quick primer on the EnergyGuide label:
- In the top left corner, you’ll find a list of key features of that specific appliance. These features also are found on similar models in the cost range (which is specified in the center of the EnergyGuide label).
- In the upper right corner, you’ll find the manufacturer, model, and size of the item. This ensures that you’re looking at the correct label, and also helps you compare it to similar items.
- In the center, you’ll see a dollar amount in large writing, next to a scale. This is the item’s estimated yearly operating cost. The lower the number is on the scale, the more efficient the appliance is compared to other models of the same capacity. Keep in mind that this dollar amount is an estimate based on the national average cost of electricity, so it’s certainly not a guarantee of the price that you’ll pay to operate it.
- Below the cost range of similar models, there’s a number representing the estimated yearly electricity use in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Using this number, you can get a much more accurate estimate of yearly operating cost. This is done by multiplying the number (for example, 630 kWh) by the local electricity rate in your South Florida city. You can find the rate on your utility bills.
- In the lower right-hand corner, you might see the Energy Star logo, which indicates that the unit that you’re considering is among the most efficient available. Run by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star is a program that rates and then promotes the most energy efficient products available.
For more help choosing the right HVAC equipment for your home, please contact Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc.. We service residential and commercial customers in Eastern Palm Beach, Northern Broward and Southern Martin counties.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about the energy guide label and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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