Energy Star Rating and Energy Saving Products Vancouver, WA – Portland
Energy efficiency is one of the biggest benefits you can receive by upgrading your home’s heating and cooling system. There are great energy saving products in today’s market and Energy Star rating has helped accomplish this.
By choosing products with an Energy Star rating, you are supporting both energy efficiency and the environment. The United States Environmental Protection agency has set up efficiency guidance and Energy Star rated products meet these guidelines.
When you choose energy saving products with an Energy Star rating you are saving yourself and the environment. You are saving yourself money on your energy bill and also saving the environment from harmful greenhouse gases.
Heat Pump with Energy Star Rating
Heat pumps can be differentiated by a variety of factors, the biggest being efficiency. SEER and HSPF are the two most common efficiency measurements. HSPF measures heating efficiency and SEER measures cooling efficiency.
- SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER measurements vary from 13 to 27. The federal government’s minimum SEER requirement is 13.
- HSPF means Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. HSPF measurements vary from 8.0 to 11.0. The federal government’s minimum HSPF requirement is 8.0.
- Heat Pumps that qualify for Energy Star Rating have both higher SEER and HSPF rating than comparable models. On average Energy Star heat pumps are 9% more efficient than comparable models and 20% more efficient than the heat pumps in homes today.
Energy Saving Products – Furnaces
- Basic and Premier model furnaces are separated by a variety of factors. One of the biggest factors that differentiates these models is efficiency. Gas furnace efficiency is measured by AFUE percentage. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. 90% AFUE means that 90% of the gas being used by the furnace is heating the home. This would result in 10% of the gas being waste. The lower the efficiency the more waste occurs.
- Common gas furnace efficiencies range from nearly 99% efficient to 80% efficient. Higher efficiency heat pumps will cost more than lower efficiency heat pumps but will result in greater savings on your energy bill.
- Furnaces that qualify for Energy Star Ratings are nearly 16% more efficient than comparable models. On average, these Energy Star models can save you nearly $100 a year on your energy bills.
Call us today at (360) 524-2880 or fill out a form online and request a free estimate on a new Energy Star qualified HVAC equipment. We service Vancouver WA, Portland OR, and the surrounding areas.