About one-seventh of all the electricity generated in the US is used to air condition buildings.*
Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection
Agency and the Department of Energy.
- ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners have a higher seasonal efficiency rating (SEER) than standard models, which
makes them about 14% more efficient than standard models.
Remember, saving energy prevents pollution. By choosing ENERGY STAR and taking steps to optimize the performance of your
cooling equipment, you are helping to prevent global warming and promoting cleaner air while enhancing the comfort of your
You may also be interested to know:
- Though these products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back over time through
lower energy bills.
- When buying new equipment, it is important to get a quality installation. Make sure you get a contractor who can do the
- You can get better performance out of your cooling equipment by sealing your home and making sure your ducts don't leak.
- EPA offers additional suggestions for improving the performance of your cooling system as well as general home improvement advice.
Finding Qualified Equipment
The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) have developed an
online database which can be used to find qualifying ENERGY STAR equipment. All equipment listed in this online database meets
the specification requirements for ENERGY STAR. This online database is solely maintained and operated by CEE and ARI.
To help understand how to use this online database, we have created a quick guide (1.4MB) to help you with the various fields used in this online database.