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Air Conditioner Energy Efficiency Standards are Changing in 2023—How Will it Impact Homeowners?

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Hi pals! The year 2022 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start thinking about the new year ahead of us and the changes we can make to prepare for it.

It turns out the United States Department of Energy had the same idea and has decided to make some changes as well. These changes include updated minimum efficiency standards for air conditioning systems and heat pumps. The new 2023 energy efficiency standards affect minimum efficiency requirements and testing regulations determining efficiencies.

You likely have a lot of questions about these changes, including what they are, how they’ll impact you, and when they’ll take place. We’ll start by answering that last question—The new standards will take effect starting January 1, 2023.

As for the other questions you might have, keep reading for more answers.

What Are the New Energy Efficiency Standards?

The U.S. Department of Energy will begin enforcing new energy efficiency standards for air conditioners and heat pumps. These new standards are meant to reduce energy consumption and help homeowners save money on their energy bills. The new minimum efficiency standards are based upon new metrics (SEER2, EER2, HSPF2) derived from a new test procedure rather than the historical metrics (SEER, EER, HSPF). But what exactly are these new standards? Let’s break it down.

Come January 1; this is how the minimum efficiency standards will change:

  • The new standards require a SEER2 (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) metric of no less than 14.3 for split systems and no less than 13.4 for package systems.

This means that manufacturers will be required to make air conditioning systems that meet a higher minimum efficiency standard than systems made during 2022 and previous years.

How the New Standards Will Impact You

Will HVAC Prices Go Up In 2023?

Unfortunately, it is estimated that the new standards will impact prices significantly. Although units with a higher SEER rating tend to have higher upfront costs, it’s worth noting that greater efficiency usually equals higher performance and increased energy savings.

Do I Have To Replace My Current Unit?

If your HVAC system is in good condition and fulfilling your home comfort needs, don’t worry. This requirement is only for the installation of new units, so you won’t have to make any changes right away. The only downside to this is if your older system needs repair, we may not be able to access compatible parts easily as the industry phases out the older, less efficient systems.

What Should I Do Now to Prevent Problems?

First, schedule your Worry-Free Maintenance™ visit. That way, you’ll know if your heating and cooling system shows signs of current or potential issues. During your maintenance visit, our professional technician will check the entire system and test its operation. After completing the maintenance service and checkup, the technician will discuss any potential system problems with you and what next steps to take.

If you have any questions about your home’s heating and cooling systems, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling.

Stay efficient!

Olive 🐾