Improved HVAC efficiency benefits everyone. For the individual, a more efficient HVAC system means consuming less energy, which means a lower utility bill at the end of the month. And, if all homes and businesses are operating their HVAC systems more efficiently, far less energy is consumed overall – which has a positive impact on the environment and places less stress on valuable resources. With this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the new HVAC efficiency standards for 2023 and what impact they have on the average homeowner.
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Raising the Bar
Effective at the start of 2023, the Department of Energy put into place new rules that dictated the minimum SEER rating required for HVAC equipment. Prior to 2023, that minimum rating was at 13, but it has now been moved up to 14. However, in the south region – where Berico proudly serves customers, the minimum SEER rating was already at 14 and is now being moved up to 15.
What is SEER?
While you have likely seen SEER ratings listed on HVAC products when shopping previously, you may not know what they indicate. This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it is a numerical indication of the efficiency of a particular piece of HVAC equipment. When HVAC equipment is efficient at turning the use of energy into heating or cooling performance, it will enjoy a high SEER rating – inefficient equipment, by contrast, comes in low on the scale.
Over time, SEER ratings have gradually increased in this industry as technologies have improved. The increase in the minimum required rating for new equipment as of 2023 is a direct reflection of the progress that has been made in the HVAC industry over recent years.
Do You Have to Get a New Air Conditioner?
This is a common question, and the answer is a definitive no – if you already have an air conditioner or heat pump serving your property, you are free to continue using that unit, regardless of its efficiency rating. If that unit needs service like maintenance or repair along the way, you can reach out to Berico for service and continue to use the old unit for as long as it performs up to your needs and expectations.
It is when the time comes to install a new air conditioner or heat pump that you’ll need to consider these updated rules. At that time, only equipment that meets the updated standards will be available to you for purchase and installation. As a consumer, you don’t really even have to think about it – your only options are going to be products that satisfy these requirements moving forward.
For any type of HVAC project that you need to have completed, reach out to Berico. Whether it’s the installation of some new, efficient equipment, or the service of existing equipment that still has plenty of useful life left, Berico is the right partner for the job. Get in touch today to learn more.