If you didn’t know, the federal government made some significant changes to the HVAC industry as of January 1, 2023.
All new HVAC equipment will have to have a higher SEER rating as part of a national initiative to manage climate change.
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER, gauges how energy-efficient each HVAC system is. According to the new rules, all new HVAC systems in the northern part of the country must have a minimum SEER2 rating of 14, and those in the southern states must have a minimum of 15. Before the change, the minimum number of northern states was 3 and the minimum number of southern states was 14. The new HVAC equipment will be made differently as a result of the higher SEER rating, even though the change may not seem significant given that the rating only increased by one digit. Unfortunately, this will result in higher manufacturing costs for new HVAC equipment, which the producers will then pass along to the HVAC service providers, who will then pass those costs on to consumers as additional costs. In 2023, if you need to buy a new HVAC system, you will probably end up spending more money than ever. The good news is that you are exempt from upgrading your HVAC system to meet the new rating if it does not need to be replaced. With an older HVAC system, you might have trouble locating parts when you need them. I have an older HVAC system that is still very effective, but I am aware that I will soon need to replace it. I’ll keep using my current unit as long as I can until it loses effectiveness, at which point I’ll upgrade.
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