The U.S. government has recently made changes that impact the types of HVAC units homeowners can buy. While the new rules don’t go into effect until January 1, 2023, the changes have already begun to affect homeowners, builders, and HVAC companies nationwide. Here’s what you need to know.
New Efficiency Regulations
Due to their impact on both energy use and the environment, air conditioning units have always faced federal regulations ranging from the type of refrigerant they can use to how the units are constructed. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has also set a minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating for AC units. This number indicates how energy efficient the AC unit is, with a higher number correlating to a more energy efficient unit.
Beginning in 2023, the regulatory code will now require units in the South and Southwest to have a minimum of 14.3 SEER2, which is the equivalent of 15 SEER in today’s terms.
Do You Have to Replace Your Current Unit?
If your current unit is below 15 SEER, don’t worry. This requirement is only for the installation of new AC units, so you won’t have to make any changes right away. Regardless of the SEER rating, you can continue to use your current unit until it needs to be replaced. At that time, you’ll need to purchase a new unit that meets the current SEER2 requirements.
Thinking of Upgrading Your AC? Now is the Time!
The immediate impact of this change applies to anyone who is thinking about purchasing a new AC unit in the near future. Due to the regulation change, after the end of this year, all suppliers will be unable to sell any equipment in their inventory that does not meet the new minimum standard.
For this reason, most current equipment will be sold out before November of 2022 and will be replaced with new equipment that carries the new SEER2 ratings. These items will also have different part numbers and matchups.
If you’ve been waiting to buy a new condenser or other parts, you may find that the items you need are not available when the time comes. This makes it critical to reach out right away to ensure you’re able to secure the items you need.
It’s also important to note that when the new units arrive, they’re expected to have a price point that is 15% to 20% higher than the current models. Taking action now can result in significant savings. Contact our sales team today to learn more.