SEER2 Energy Changes
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If you’ve been waffling over your decision to replace that outdated HVAC system, waffle no more!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 SEER units built before Jan. 1, 2023, can still be installed on or after Jan. 1, 2023|
(Southeast & Southwest)
|14 SEER||15 SEER
|Any units not meeting the new requirements cannot be installed on or after Jan. 1, 2023|
|Heat Pumps (Nationally)||14 SEER||15 SEER
|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.
Get Ready—2023 Welcomes More Efficient HVAC Systems!
Starting in January, the Department of Energy is raising the minimum energy efficiency standards for heat pumps and central air conditioners. This means systems will now be rated with a higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) [MB1] number and offer much better energy efficiency. So, while you will pay a little more for a new system (called SEER2) in 2023, you’ll be gaining a multitude of extra benefits!
Here's Why You Should Invest in a New System:
Purchase a new SEER2 system from ARS in 2023 and you’ll gain:
Better energy efficiency
Smaller carbon footprint
Increased home comfort
Less energy use over time
…And so much more!
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.