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SEER2 Energy Changes

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New Energy Changes Mean HVAC Prices Will Increase Jan. 1

If you’ve been waffling over your decision to replace that outdated HVAC system, waffle no more! Starting in 2023, you'll need to pay a great deal more for a new system if you wait.

Here’s why: Effective Jan. 1, the Department of Energy (DOE) is raising the minimum energy efficiency standards for heat pumps and central air conditioners, Bottom line—these changes will significantly increase the price of HVAC equipment as manufacturers redesign system components to meet these new requirements.

What You Need to Know

The government’s new energy regulations are based on new SEER ratings. SEER, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, is a rating system that refers to a measurement of efficiency given to HVAC equipment, such as central air conditioning systems or heat pumps. The higher the SEER number, the less energy you will use— which translates to less money spent on utility bills.

Beginning in 2023, the DOE is mandating changes in the efficiency of units and changing the way HVAC systems are tested (called SEER2). Basically, these new testing conditions will provide better data values and metrics to more accurately determine how an installed HVAC system performs.

As a homeowner, it’s important to learn how these changes may affect you. The biggest one being this—if you install a system prior to Jan. 1, you’ll save significantly on your purchase. Install after Jan. 1, and you’re looking at a more expensive unit.

As for the new SEER2 requirements, they vary from region to region. The current SEER and new SEER2 ratings are outlined (per area) in the chart below:

Region Current SEER New SEER / SEER2 Sell-Through Deadlines
Air Conditioners (North) 13 SEER 14 SEER
13.4 SEER2
13 SEER units built before Jan. 1, 2023, can still be installed on or after Jan. 1, 2023
Air Conditioners
(Southeast & Southwest)
14.3 SEER2
Any units not meeting the new requirements cannot be installed on or after Jan. 1, 2023
Heat Pumps (Nationally) 14 SEER 15 SEER
14.3 SEER2
14 SEER units built before Jan. 1, 2023, can still be installed on or after Jan. 1, 2023


Energy Efficiency & Savings

Remember, while the upfront costs may be more for a new system in 2023, you will use less energy over time—which results in less money spent on those electrical bills. 

Schedule Your New HVAC Installation Today!

With all the big changes coming in January, ARS/Rescue Rooter wants you to know we are here for you. Whether you have questions about the new SEER2 standards or would like to schedule your HVAC installation before the end of the new year, we are ready and eager to help. We even offer financing options for every budget. Reach out to us today! Give us a call at 866-399-2885.

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