Picture yourself buying a new heating system this winter. You have the salesman out to your home, and he shows you both a base model and a high end model that is “Energy Star rated.” He claims that the Energy Star product has several benefits over the base model, but the price difference makes purchasing the higher end unit a little hard to swallow. What would you do?
Many of us have probably seen the Energy Star label on appliances before, but how many of us actually know what that label means? Understanding how a furnace, or any other appliance for that matter, earns an Energy Star label will help you make more educated purchases for your home.
Many people probably know that Energy Star has something to do with energy efficiency, and that is a good start. Energy Star was created about eighteen years ago by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Their goal was to make purchasing energy efficient appliances easier for the average consumer in order to save them money and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
Systems that carry the Energy Star label have earned their status. Manufacturers submit their systems to third party laboratories for testing of the systems energy efficient claims. When a unit meets the high standards set by the EPA and DOE, the unit earns an Energy Star rating. When you purchase an Energy Star rated appliance, you can rest assured that the system will use less energy and therefore save you more money than a system that does not bare the Energy Star label.
Why Buy Energy Star?
Now more than ever, every homeowner should being making Energy Star upgrades to the appliances in their homes. The cost may be slightly higher initially when compared to a similar unit without an Energy Star label, but the long-term savings will be much greater. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning offers their customers a full line of Energy Star rated heating and cooling units from Lennox Home Comfort Systems, and when you purchase these units before the end of 2010, you will see even more savings come tax time. The federal tax credits are still available on many of the systems that we offer here at Four Seasons, so now is the time to upgrade. Stop wasting energy, start saving money, and invest in Energy Star heating and cooling appliances from Four Seasons.