ENERGY STAR certified furnaces have the following features:

  • Different gas furnace efficiency requirements and labels are used for different regions of the country.
    • 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 11 percent more efficient than standard models and can save an average of $30 in energy costs each 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 15 percent more energy efficient than baseline models and can save up to $85 a year, in energy costs.
  • Certified oil furnaces are up to 4 percent more energy efficient than baseline models and can save up to $75 in energy costs per year.

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.

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Current Specification Effective Date: February 1, 2013

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

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