How to Read the EnergyGuide Label When Shopping for a New HVAC System

Whether you’re shopping for a new HVAC system or another major appliance, the EnergyGuide label is a useful tool to determine how energy efficient a particular product is compared to other similar models. The EnergyGuide label is required by the U.S. Department of Energy for all air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces, as well as other appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, water heaters and televisions. There are several versions of the EnergyGuide label depending on the appliance, but they all feature basic information in similar ways.

Model Number and Features

Just below the EnergyGuide logo, the left side describes the basic features of an appliance, such as the type of air conditioning system or type of fuel a furnace uses. On the right side of the label, the manufacturer’s brand name is listed, as well as the model number of the appliance.

Energy Usage

In the middle of the label, below the features and model number, is information about energy usage. This differs by the type of appliance:

  • Air conditioners: For air conditioners, a scale is shown indicating the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), which ranges from 13 to 26. A higher number indicates a more efficient product.
  • Heat pumps: Like the air conditioner, the label for heat pumps features a SEER scale for the cooling performance, as well as a scale for the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). The HSPF indicates how efficient a heat pump is during the heating season and a higher number on the scale indicates better performance.
  • Furnaces: On furnaces, the scale shows the model’s annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). The AFUE compares the amount of fuel burned to the amount of heat produced, and a higher number indicates better efficiency.
  • Other appliances: Most other appliance labels have a scale indicating the estimated annual energy cost in dollars, along with other information specific to type of energy used, such as kilowatt-hours of electricity used annually.

For more information about the EnergyGuide label for HVAC systems, talk to our experienced experts at Beyer Boys. We proudly serve San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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