You see the logo all over, that bright blue square seems to be on almost every appliance in the aisle but what does it really mean?
ENERGY STAR is a
division of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) that is concerned with
the energy efficiency (among other items) of products. ENERGY STAR certified
products meet strict requirements as put forth by the EPA.
For exhaust fans
they must pass testing for energy efficiency (known as efficacy or CFM per watt), sound (sones) and
air flow (CFM). The ratings are certified by the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) – an ENERGY STAR certification body. Once a fan is determined to meet the requirements, it can then be
marketed as ENERGY STAR certified.
Certified exhaust fans operate at lower
sound levels, use less energy and last longer than traditional exhaust fans
which takes a lot of the guess work out of choosing a fan. Not all fans are
tested and held to any standard, but ENERGY STAR labeled fans are not only certified but also verified through open market testing. A main benefit of an ENERGY STAR certified product is
that you can be assured that the fan has been tested and certified and will
perform as advertised.
To learn more about Air King’s large selection of ENERGY STAR certified exhaust fans and kitchen
range hoods, visit www.airkinglimited.com