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When you are relaxing at home and are about to turn on your air con, we are sure you have noticed the Energy Rating label.

Energy Ratings are everywhere, most of your household appliances have them. However, how much do you really know about what they actually mean? While we all know that the stars relate to energy efficiency, there’s a lot more to these symbols than you may actually realise. Were you aware that there is a mandatory standard in Australia that dictates Energy Ratings?

In this article, let’s dive in and analyse those stars. We will look at what they mean in the context of heating and cooling your home, and how AAPL may be able to help you in the right direction.


The star system varies depending on the type of appliance you are looking at


If you look around your household, you will see that Energy Ratings appear on all sorts of appliances. We are not just talking about  air conditioners, you will see them on your fridge, washing machine, dish washer and even your dryer. However, it’s important to note that the measurement of one set of stars does not marry across to another appliance. For example, a three-star air conditioner won’t necessary use the same amount of energy as a three-star dryer.


Air conditioners have multiple ratings and can be harder to read


Just like your other house appliances, air conditioners are given star ratings for their performance. However, if you take a look at your air con, you will notice there are two sets of stars to look at: blue stars that rate cooling efficiency, and red stars assess heating.

Considering you have to take into account more sets of stars, it can be trickier to select which air conditioning model is right for you. The imperative thing to do here is to look at both the stars AND the numbers that go with them.

There are two numbers you’ll need to look at: Capacity Output kW (which lets you know the amount of cooling and heating the model can produce) and Power Input kW (which tells you how much power it needs to run). These numbers will help you decipher how much you’re getting for your money, and will also help explain the number of stars a product has earned.


How many stars should I settle for?


A majority of the products in the market are rated between 1 and 6 stars. However, as technology is improving, so is energy efficiency. Therefore, how do I know how many stars indicates efficiency levels? It comes down to you. Remember, every  appliance in your home has to pass rigorous Australian standards, is required to achieve basic levels of energy efficiency to get a label at all. Therefore, even those that come with one star aren’t necessarily bad.

When it comes to air conditioning, the model you choose will come down to a plethora of factors. This can include the climate you live in, your budget, and the size of the space you’re trying to heat and cool. If you feel lost, you can always lean on our advice.

What’s next? Speak to our air conditioning repair and maintenance experts today. We look forward to helping select and maintain your air conditioning unit. We will ensure you choose the best air conditioner for your home, and we also ensure you pick up on any issues before breakdown. Chat to our team of experts today.

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