At first glance, the yellow EnergyGuide label you see on new home appliances may seem a bit confusing. The bar graph is simple enough, which indicates how an appliance’s efficiency compares to others. However, other information may not be so visually easy to decipher, such as SEER ratings or estimated energy costs. Read on to learn how to read the useful information on EnergyGuide labels and how to use the info to your advantage.
The EnergyGuide program was introduced back in the 1970s to help consumers easily see the energy efficiency of home appliances. Manufacturers selling appliances like air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, water heaters, and clothes washers are mandated to participate in the program by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The following points detail the information on EnergyGuide labels from top to bottom. You’ll see that the labels are actually fairly simple to read.
So, what do you do with all this information? Your HVAC pro calculates the lifetime cost of each appliance or HVAC system you are thinking of buying. The first cost (i.e. price tag cost) is only the beginning of your new system’s investment. When you factor the energy savings of higher-efficiency units, you’ll see that it pays down the road to install superior HVAC cooling and heating systems.
For more information about the EnergyGuide label, contact Powers Heating & Air.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about the EnergyGuide label and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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