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The ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award is given to innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features or functionality. The Award provides forward-thinking, environmentally conscious consumers and end users with a tool to identify and purchase cutting-edge technologies that offer energy savings and help to reduce their carbon footprint. Interested? Check out the technologies below for more information on savings opportunities and product availability.
Award Winning Technologies for 2019:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that Air-to-Water Heat Pumps have been chosen as the 2019 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award category. Air-to-water heat pumps transfer heat from outside air to a fluid outdoors – typically water or a mix of water and glycol – and transport this fluid into a home to provide space heating through hydronic distribution (e.g., radiant floor, radiator, or baseboard water circulation systems). These systems can also be used in a cooling mode creating chilled fluid and running it through an air coil to distribute air conditioning to a home. Air-to-water heat pumps offer significant energy savings over gas condensing boiler systems and superior performance at low outdoor temperatures when compared with traditional air source heat pumps.
The Award beginning in 2018 and continuing through 2019 recognizes the best available Room Air Conditioners with EVO that are able to vary the speed of the internal compressor motor in order to continuously control the temperature. As a result, the capability for efficient variable output allows a room air conditioner to more quietly regulate the temperature and save a significant amount of energy during operation.