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The EnergyGuide Label


The ENERGYGUIDE label displays 6 key pieces of information:

  • Key features and similar models
  • Make, model, and size of appliance
  • Estimated yearly operating cost (based on the national average cost of energy)
  • Cost range for similar models with similar features
  • Estimated yearly electricity use (based on typical use)
  •  If your label includes the ENERGY STAR logo, it means your unit meets or exceeds efficiency requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. These units are usually around 15% more efficient than standard units (

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, a label is only a label. You can estimate your annual operating cost by multiplying the average electricity use by your local electricity rate, but actual costs will vary.

The efficiency ratings assume that your appliance has been installed properly and maintained properly. In order for your HVAC to live up to its efficiency ratings, there are things you need to do.

How to Ensure Your HVAC System Lives up to ENERGYGUIDE Efficiency Ratings

1. Have a technician provide you with an accurate rating

The efficiency label placed on your system is based on tests performed by the manufacturer. The tests performed on your equipment are based on how it would commonly be installed in a home.

So in reality, your system could actually be more efficient if some improvements were made. Our certified HVAC technicians have the expertise and background knowledge to ensure your system is operating at optimal efficiency.

For most manufacturer warranties to remain in effect, you will need to show evidence of regular professional maintenance. Sign up for the Penguin Protection Plan for annual heating, cooling, and plumbing maintenance and discounts on repairs and upgrades.

2. Ensure proper installation

A botched installation will, of course, lower your HVAC system’s efficiency. According to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, more than half of all HVAC systems are improperly installed, which could make your system 30% less efficient.

In addition to affecting your utility bills, an improper installation also leads to comfort problems, such as deficient humidification, airflow problems, and leaking ductwork.

Use this Bid Installation Checklist from ENERGY STAR to interview and select your HVAC contractor.

Click here to learn more about the importance of properly sizing your air conditioning system.

3. Upgrading

If you’re looking to replace your current HVAC system, make sure to pay attention to the efficiency rating. Heating and cooling costs make up the largest portion of your energy bill, so it’s important to choose a cost-effective solution. Our HVAC experts can help you choose a system that best suits your budget and needs.

For more information on lowering your air conditioning costs:

At Penguin Air and Plumbing, we want to help make your Phoenix area home a safe and beautiful space for you and your loved ones to enjoy for many years to come.

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