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Changes to Energy Efficiency Ratings: What You Need to Know

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio and indicates an efficiency of an air conditioner or heat pump unit

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In 2023 the Department of Energy (DOE) introduced changes to the energy efficiency ratings for air conditioning and heating systems. The Department of Energy evaluates appliances every six years to determine the minimum efficiency requirements and whether testing standards need to be changed. In 2023, the minimum efficiency for air conditioners and heat pumps has increased.

What is the New Minimum Efficiency Rating?

Before 2023, when tested, the minimum rating that an air conditioner or heat pump needed in our area was 14. As of 2023, the new minimum rating is 15 SEER.

A Change in Standards

In addition, in 2023, the heating and cooling industry will adopt a new standard called SEER 2. The industry will require that heating and cooling equipment display their SEER 2 rating on their packaging and product specifications.

Do I need to Change My System?

No, you do not need to change your air conditioning system. No change is necessary if your equipment is in good condition and satisfies your cooling needs. However, to keep it in good running order, make sure that you schedule spring and fall Sunlogix Maintenance visits. We offer reasonable annual maintenance plans. To learn more, contact us.

Will There Be a Future Impact on My Air Conditioning System?

As your system ages, it may, in the future, become challenging to find parts that satisfy the new regulations. However, Sunlogix will always strive to repair your system and avoid costly parts.

However, when your system reaches the end of its useful life or repair costs begin to exceed the replacement price, it might be time to consider a new system that meets current standards.

I Need a New System Now. What Should I Do?

If you require a new air conditioning and heating system, call Sunlogix. Our priority will be to understand your comfort needs and energy costs. We will then help you select the system that fits your budget. We will also determine the best unit to lower your utility expenses.

When replacing your system, it’s also important to consider your gas utility bill. If you have solar power, a great option might be a heat pump. Heat Pumps do not use gas to heat your home. In addition, Federal Tax credits are available.

The Federal Government is offering a tax credit of 30% of the cost of a new heat pump, up to $2000 for tax years 2023 to 2032.  You can learn more and find the necessary filing form 5695 by visiting the IRS website.

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