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Understanding Energy Guide Labels for Air-Conditioners

by | Apr 4, 2018 | News

Other than your budget and the model or brand, there is one more thing you would need to consider when purchasing an airconditioner.

Every appliance comes with a yellow card better known as the Energy Guide Label. This helps you make wise purchase decisions. One of the most important things to look at on every Energy Guide Label is the EER.

What is the EER?

Also known as the Energy Efficiency Ratio, the EER is the cooling capacity of an air-conditioning unit divided by its power consumption. Each appliance has a prescribed minimum standard placed by the law. Manufacturers have to meet this before they are allowed to sell these appliances. For air-conditioners, it’s 9.1.

The EER is tested by an independent appliance testing laboratory. The higher the EER, the more money you would save. This is because it uses less electricity to achieve your desired temperature in a room. Higher EER also means that it is more environment-friendly.

Computing costs

The Energy Guide Label also includes a sample computation of the estimated monthly operating cost of each appliance. This helps you see if you can afford not only the appliance but also how much it would cost you to use it on a regular basis.

To compute, simply multiply the Rated Power Demand or the power consumption in kilowatts with the Monthly Usage or number of hours of use in a month and the Power Rate or the price per kilowatt hour charged by your electricity provider.

You can refer to the attached image to learn about the Energy Guide Label and its role in your purchase decisions.

With this information, you can make a wallet-friendly and eco-friendly purchase decision at your nearest EMCOR store. You can also visit our website to browse your options!

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