The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute recently announced its support of a new Energy Star designation for geothermal heat pumps.

The Environmental Protection Agency created new requirements for residential geothermal heat pumps, which enabled water-to-water pumps to earn the Energy Star label for the first time. The specifications for this new category of geothermal heat pumps, which were requested by AHRI’s applied packaged equipment section, will help protect the environment and reduce energy costs, according to the organization.

ARHI officials said that pumps that meet the new standards would be up to 45 percent more efficient than conventional models.

“We are grateful to EPA staff for their willingness to work with AHRI to add this new GHP category to the Energy Star program,” said Karim Amrane, AHRI’s vice president for regulatory and research. “The designation, combined with the tax credit, will help our manufacturers sell more highly efficient products, which will create more jobs.”