Homeowners are concerned with the efficiency of the appliances they purchase and install in their homes. Higher efficiency tends to mean lower costs to run the appliance, and it also helps to benefit the environment. The US Department of Energy provides a helpful guideline for energy efficiency with their ENERGY STAR program: appliances that receive the ENERGY STAR label have met the requirements for high energy efficiency and manufacturing standards.
There’s more to understand about the efficiency of an appliance than just whether it has the ENERGY STAR symbol on its case. When it comes to air conditioning and heat pump systems, there are several specific efficiency stats you’ll want to pay attention to when planning a new HVAC installation. The three ones we’ll address here are EER, SEER, and HSPF.