Several years ago, Congress passed legislation aimed at increasing energy efficiencies across large consumption products. The SEER2 mandate of that legislation requires new minimum SEER levels for heating and cooling equipment. These new eco-efficiency requirements take effect on December 31st, 2022. These requirements will drive up the cost of new home comfort equipment and installation in 2023. We’ve got what you need to know about this new mandate and M1 testing.
SEER2 has already made inventory management in South Florida and the Southwest more complicated as distributors and manufacturers try to ensure they comply with the new standards. The Department of Energy is confident that these higher minimum efficiencies will save money in the long run, but there will be an initial cost to upgrade equipment.
What is SEER2
SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a measure of cooling efficiency for air conditioners and heat pumps. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit is.
SEER2 is the total heat removed from the conditioned space.
What does this mean for you?
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner or heat pump, you may want to consider purchasing BEFORE 2023 when the SEER levels minimums increase. However, keep in mind that SEER is just one factor to consider when selecting new equipment. Ultimately, contact the experts at Lindstrom Air Conditioning & Plumbing to determine the best SEER level for your specific needs. They can help you find the most energy-efficient unit for your home and climate while also considering other important factors like proper sizing, installation, and maintenance.
What about existing inventory?
The SEER levels aren’t just affecting new equipment, they’re also impacting existing inventory.
The Department of Energy is confident that these higher minimum efficiencies will save money in the long run, but there will be an initial cost to upgrade equipment. The transition from SEER to SEER2 has made inventory management in the South and Southwest regions more difficult to ensure that the existing inventory sold is in line with the new efficiency requirements. The 2023 requirements are based on the lowest-efficiency combination of indoor and outdoor units, commonly known as a coil-only rating. This ranking can be found on the energy guide label if a range is specified.
If you live in South Florida and are considering purchasing a new air conditioner, you will want to do so sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you’ll be paying more for a unit to meet the new SEER standards. For additional information, contact us. We’re on your side!