HVAC Energy Efficiency Ratings 101
Reducing your energy bills over time should be the main goal of a savings program. Therefore, when your office is practicing in energy savings efforts, you will eventually need to start considering new equipment for your location. When it is time to make this move, the equipment that is purchased is imperative to the cause and paying attention to the energy efficiency ratings on your products matters.
What Are HVAC Energy Efficiency Ratings?
One of the biggest energy eaters is your office HVAC unit. Each unit comes equipped with an energy efficiency rating. This rating will help you understand how much energy your new HVAC unit needs to successfully operate and if it will meet your energy saving needs.
Buying a new HVAC is a big step towards achieving efficiency. Here are some of the common ratings to look out for on the market and other tools that will help you make an educated decision during your purchase.
Review Your Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
The EER is what you’ll be checking if your office makes use of window units or room air conditioners. When focusing on this rating, remember that bigger is better. Room air conditioners with higher EER ratings will be the more energy efficient units for your office.
Your EER focuses on higher temperatures and the SEER is based on the actual cooling cycle of the unit. Both of these ratings should be present on units you are shopping for.
When you and your energy savings coordinator examine both of these numbers with the help of your program management, you will be able to have a better idea of the actual year-round efficiency of the unit.
What is the ENERGY STAR Program?
In order to ensure that energy efficiency efforts have been placed in the production of products like HVAC units, the US Environmental Protection Agency has instituted the ENERGY STAR program. This means that once products are produced that require energy, they will be subject to testing and certification in order to meet ENERGY STAR standards. If a product does meet these standards, this means that they are 10 percent more efficient than federal guideline requirements. Before you make a new purchase, make sure that you can be reassured that your HVAC meets ENERGY STAR guidelines.
Remember the EnergyGuide
Recently, even the US Federal Trade Commission has become concerned about energy-efficient products. When shopping around for a new unit, make sure to look for the EnergyGuide label that can be found on larger appliances. This label will clearly spell out the estimated yearly operating cost and estimated yearly electrical use of the appliance.
Priority Power Management Helps You Keep Your HVAC Use Efficient
By working with an energy savings program through Priority Power Management, you are taking the first steps away from the high energy bills that have been weighing your business down. Our team can help your employees create a plan that works for your industry. Contact us to find out more about our services in your area.
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