Energy Star is a United States government initiative that was started by the EPA in 1992 to label products in the home or office to be cost saving energy solutions. This label makes it easier for the consumer or the homeowner to identify energy saving components such as furnaces, air conditioners, refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers, washing machines, lighting, windows and many other products.
A new home can also be Energy Star Certified by registering with the national program requirements and to adhere to strict energy guidelines. It would require documentation of insulation, framing, furnace and air conditioning equipment, duct sealing which would have to pass an inspection by an Energy Star representative to be Energy Star Certified.
More than 50% of your Homes Energy Usage is related to your HVAC system. This includes your furnace, air conditioning unit and your duct system. The Energy Star guidelines recommend the following relating to your HVAC system.
1.) Change your filter regularly every 3 months.
2.) Tune up your equipment yearly in both Spring and Fall.
3.) Install a Programmable Thermostat.
4.) Seal your Duct System which can save you up to 20% in
5.) Install Energy Star Qualified Equipment in your home.
6.) Have an Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation.
This Energy Star Criteria started in 1992 can provide a very good guideline in selecting HVAC Equipment and other components in your home. In order for HVAC equipment or any other component in the home to receive the Energy Star it has to adhere to certain performance criteria. Products that earn the Energy Star are independently certified to save Energy and protect the Environment. As a consumer you know when you buy a Energy Star Appliance for your home that is very Energy Efficient and it is good for the Environment. There are also retroactive Rebates for Energy Star Heating and Air Conditioning equipment installed since January 1, 2018. For more information you can log into Energystar.gov.