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Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By choosing ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment and taking steps to optimize its performance, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect our climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases.

ENERGY STAR qualified furnaces have the following features:

  • Different gas furnace efficiency requirements and labels are used for different regions of the country.ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in 2014
    • Certified gas furnaces in the southern half of the U.S., where homes require less heat, will be labeled with a unique ?U.S. South? ENERGY STAR logo. These furnaces will be up to 12 percent more efficient than standard models and can save an average of $36 in energy costs per year.
      ENERGY STAR qualified in US South: AL, AZ, AR, CA, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MD, MS, NV, NM, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, and VA.
    • Certified gas furnaces in the northern half of the U.S. will be labeled with the standard ENERGY STAR logo. These furnaces will be up to 16 percent more energy efficient than baseline models and can save an average of $94 in energy costs per year.
  • Certified oil furnaces are up to 4 percent more energy efficient than baseline models and can save an average of $66 in energy costs per year.

 

Current Specification Effective Date: February 1, 2013

Furnaces originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in April, 1995.

ENERGY STAR qualified furnaces have higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings and higher efficiency blower motors, making them more efficient than non-qualified models.

Furnaces Key Product Criteria: ENERGY STAR

Learn How a Product Earns the Label

 

What else should I look for when buying a furnace?

If you?ve decided that you need to purchase a new furnace, learn how to hire a contractor and get an ENERGY STAR Quality Installation.

Remember, even though these products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills.

You can get better heating and cooling performance at home with ENERGY STAR home sealing (insulation and air sealing) and duct sealing.

Consider regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system to prevent future problems and unwanted costs.

 

Did You Know?

If every gas furnace sold in the U.S. meets the new ENERGY STAR requirements, consumer energy cost savings would grow to about $171 million per year and annual greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by the equivalent of those from about 177,000 cars.