The EnergyGuide Label: Reading It And Then Using It To Make Smart SelectionsThe EnergyGuide label is one of the most important features to look for when you’re selecting heating and cooling equipment, since these appliances use a good deal of electricity. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that manufacturers use these labels to disclose the facts about many energy-using appliances to help consumers make educated decisions. 

The labels are bright yellow with black print. The top of the label states in bold letters “EnergyGuide.” Immediately to the left, the label indicates the type of appliance and its most important features or limitations. On the opposite side, the label shows the manufacturer, the model number and its capacity, if applicable.

An arrow extends down from the “Y” in Energy pointing to an outlined rectangular box with a horizontal axis inside. The left side of the axis shows the minimum dollar amount that the appliance uses annually, while the right side shows the maximum amount. It’s important to note that the EnergyGuide label shows a general estimate of usage. The FTC uses an average of electric rates across the U.S. Your rates may be higher or lower, depending on your provider and how much you use the appliance.

Below the box that indicates its annual operating cost is another rectangular box that shows the energy efficiency of the appliance. The U.S. Department of Energy requires all HVAC equipment to show its energy consumption. In the case of central air conditioners, SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) applies. The minimum allowable SEER for new central air conditioners in the U.S. currently stands at 13. Higher ratings for any kind of air conditioner indicate better energy efficiency.

If the appliance you’re considering has the Energy Star label in the bottom right-hand corner, it means that the appliance has met the more stringent requirement of the federal EPA for energy efficiency.

If you’d like more information about the EnergyGuide label and satisfying your cooling needs, contact Mowery Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve provided quality HVAC services in greater Indianapolis for more than 40 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

Mowery services the Brownsburg, Indiana and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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