Searching for the right piece of equipment for your Florida home can be quite a chore. To make it easier on you, it’s important to pay attention to the bright yellow EnergyGuide label. But first, you must know what the label includes. The details provided by the label can provide you the knowledge needed to make a well-informed purchasing decision.
Here is a quick breakdown of what you’ll find:
- Unit details – Located in the upper right corner, here you’ll find the unit’s manufacturer and model number.
- Unit features – On the opposite side, across from the unit details, features of this specific unit will be listed. This will allow you to compare different models that you may be considering for purchase.
- Cost range – In the center of the EnergyGuide label is a horizontal line. This line serves as a visual indicator of the cost range for similar models to the one you’re looking at.
- Annual operating cost – Above the aforementioned horizontal line, you can see the estimated cost of operating this particular piece of equipment each year.
- Kilowatt hours – If you’re concerned with energy consumption (and you should be), this section of the label will provide you with an estimated annual fuel consumption, based on the country’s average cost of fuel. To figure out the actual cost, simply multiply your energy rate by this estimate.
If used correctly, the EnergyGuide label can do wonders when selecting new equipment for your home. The information it provides can be invaluable to ensure that you’re purchasing the right unit for your needs.
In addition to this label, however, be sure to look for the Energy Star label or the new Energy Star Most Efficient label. Both of these labels indicate that the equipment meets a certain level of standards, and can help you save both energy and money.
For more expert advice about the EnergyGuide label, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Eastern Palm Beach, Northern Broward and Southern Martin counties since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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