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At EnergyCheckup, we want to be your one-stop source for information about energy-efficient products. Over time, this section will list all the major appliances and help you make a better choice of the right appliance for your home. Use our Product Finder to see the right air-conditioners, water heaters and heaters for your requirements!

Air Conditioning
If you are considering replacing or installing a central air conditioner in your home, you should consider upgrading to the most efficient one possible. Look for one with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 12.0 or higher. If your existing unit is 15 - 20 years old, it had an SEER of 8.5 - 9.5 when it was new, and has likely become even less efficient over time. In climates where the air conditioner runs frequently, the incremental cost of purchasing a more efficient unit vs. a standard one is more than paid for by the savings in energy that the unit will deliver over its lifetime.

Water Heaters
If you are considering replacing your gas water heater, you should look for the most efficient model possible. Your gas water heater uses a lot of energy even if you do not use a lot of hot water. Water heaters have standby losses, which are minimized using heat traps and insulation in newer more efficient gas water heaters. Newer units also have better heat exchangers and no pilot light. Look for one that has an Energy Factor (EF) of 0.6 or higher. Depending on your usage habits, the incremental cost of purchasing a more efficient unit vs. a standard one is more than paid for by the savings in energy that the unit will deliver over its lifetime.

Heaters
If you use electricity to heat your home and are going to replace your existing heat pump, consider upgrading to an Energy Star-rated heat pump system. Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating in mild climates, with efficiencies up to three times greater than electric resistance heating. High-efficiency heat pumps dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months. Look for one with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 12.0 or higher and a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) of 8 or higher. In climates where the heat pump runs frequently, the incremental cost of purchasing a more efficient unit vs. a standard one is more than paid for by the savings in energy that the unit will deliver over its lifetime.

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