Energy Star Air Conditioner Window Unit
Welcome to summer! Long
days. Short nights. And 100+ degree heat.
Sadly, though, with the tough economy, most of my friends, neighbors, and plenty of Americans are foregoing the comforts of an air conditioner to help save money.
Energy Star Air Conditioner Lowers Electricity Bill
But in every dark cloud, there is a
silver lining. In this particular case, an Energy Star appliance can
give you a much needed financial break. For one, in order for an
appliance to receive an Energy Star rating, it must be more efficient
when using electricity, heat, and resources than the minimum US Federal
standards. So during summers, an Energy Star air conditioner window
unit can save you money over a non-Energy Star unit because your bill
will be lower.
If you’re in the market for a new A/C, then it’s a no brainer, buy an Energy Star air conditioner, or at least look into it. Some “experts” even encourage the replacement of an existing and perfectly functional air conditioner if it’s not Energy Star rated. At least, that is how I understood an article from a local newspaper. The benefit to me would be the savings in electricity bill over the long haul. Of course, that’s not a hard-and-fast advice.
Energy Star Appliance Can Provide Tax Breaks
Just from researching for
the next appliance I need to buy, I see advertisement on some products
that federal tax credits credit can be received. This is a great
incentive. In addition to the long term savings on electric bills, a
tax credit makes an incredible bonus to seriously consider buying an
Energy Star air conditioner window unit over other types.
However, the appliance that you buy must qualify for the tax credit, else you won’t be able to claim it. According to the official website (EnergyStar.gov), the best thing to do is ask HVAC contractor if the unit is eligible.