To put it simply, ENERGY STAR is an internationally recognized standard for energy efficiency. The program began in the early nineties as a means of reducing energy consumption among consumers, and for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
Since its beginnings, ENERGY STAR has grown significantly to include a wide range of consumer products such as computers, various appliances, lighting and light bulbs, home electronics such as televisions and DVD players, air conditioning systems and even homes.
To qualify as an ENERGY STAR product, certain specifications must be met in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In terms of air conditioners, products must meet a minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER).
The minimum standards for air-source heat pumps are 14.5 SEER and 12 EER for split-system models and 14 SEER and 11 EER for single package equipment. The minimum standards are the same for central air conditioners. More specific information can be found on ENERGY STAR’s website.
While more energy efficient air conditioners often cost more initially, the energy savings they offer usually more than makes up for the price difference. Depending on usage and the energy efficiency of the unit, some models may pay for the difference sooner than others.
All Year Cooling’s air conditioning experts will answer all of your questions and will evaluate your home in helping you determine which air conditioner will keep your home cool at the lowest energy consumption. We offer a wide range of ENERGY STAR air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units from several manufacturers.