By understanding more about the individual major home appliances will help you know the efficiency of the appliance and determine whether you can actually really save on your utility bill every month!.
Appliances using oil and natural gas systems
Make sure that the appliance has the Energy Guide label from the Federal Trade Commission. You must also look for the AFUE rating or the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency especially if you are in the market for boilers and furnaces.
Moreover, you should also choose a furnace that is too big for your home. Instead, let a professional give you an assessment so you will know what type and how big should you buy for your home.
Efficient heat pumps must have the Energy Guide label that has the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio information (SEER). The latter will tell you the efficiency of the heat pump during the winter while the HSPF will tell you the efficiency of the appliance during summer.
For the central air conditioners, you must get the model that has the SEER details as well as the Energy Star logo to get as much as 25 percent efficiency compared to the typical air conditioning units.
On the other hand, if you are only looking for a room air conditioner you should consider the area of the room before buying. The bigger your room area is, the higher should be the British Thermal Unit (BTU) of the air conditioner per hour.
New water heaters were released last January 2009 and most of these new units have the Energy Star logo. You should also read the Energy Guide label at the water heater that you would buy as well and look at the FHR or the amount of energy used by the unit during the first hour of use.
Freezers and refrigerators
Cooling appliances can save you as much as 20 percent if you would choose the model that bears the Energy Star logo. The lower is the kWh indicated, the smaller is the energy consumption of the appliance.
Refrigerators having freezers at the top consume less energy compared to the models with the freezers on its side. You should also inspect the door hinges of the appliance to see if it can fully seal the fridge and prevent energy-loss at the same time.
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