If you’re upgrading your home’s HVAC equipment, one easy way to make smarter choices is to look for the Energy Star seal. The Energy Star program was created to help consumers easily identify products with superior energy efficiency. To earn the seal, an appliance must be at least 10 percent more efficient than required by government protocols and use non-proprietary technologies that prevent market monopolization.
There are three major benefits to using Energy Star-rated home heating and air conditioning appliances, which include water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and ventilation and air circulation equipment:
- Sustainability. Because appliances that bear the seal use less electricity, you’re doing your part to help reduce strain on your local power grid and decrease your carbon footprint. Producing electricity is harmful to the environment, so the less you need and the less you consume, the better for everyone.
- Savings. Because Energy Star appliances use less electricity to generate the same results, they help you save significant amounts of money over the long term. Installing products which bear the seal in your home will reduce your utility bill, all without forcing you to sacrifice any of the comfort or convenience you’ve become accustomed to.
- Tax incentives. In the United States, the federal government is offering generous tax credits to homeowners who upgrade to energy-efficient appliances and products in 2011. These rebates vary, according to the type and cost of the equipment you purchase, but can be applied to a wide range of appliances including furnaces, air circulators, air conditioners and water heaters.
All in all, choosing products that bear the seal is a wise and responsible home improvement strategy. Saving energy saves you money, all while helping the environment.
At Home Comfort Experts in South Bend, we want to promote a greener tomorrow while helping our customers reduce their utility bills and decrease their electricity consumption. That’s why we’re proud to offer a wide range of home HVAC appliances that bear the Energy Star seal. If you’d like to learn more, or want to inquire about the availability of specific products, please contact us.
Home Comfort services the Mishawaka/South Bend areas of Indiana.