2023 has brought some changes to the HVAC industry and with those changes are details and vocabulary every homeowner should know about. Previously, the industry has used something called seasonal energy efficiency rating system, often known as SEER.
SEER measures air conditioner and heat pump cooling efficiency, by taking the cooling output for a typical cooling season and dividing it by the total electric energy input during the same time frame.
The New SEER2 Metric
The new SEER2 metric utilizes a new M1 blower testing procedure. The updated testing procedure more accurately reflects real world conditions for HVAC systems by changing the static pressure used in the testing lab from 0.1” w.g to 0.5” w.g. by up to 5 times. New testing procedures change the minimum energy efficiency required for cooling and heating systems.
Starting in January 2023, the US is now using SEER2 (and HSPF2). And like with any much anticipated sequel there’s been a lot of hype. So, what does SEER2 mean for you with your current HVAC system? This will be the first in several posts we share to try and elevate the conversation and understanding around these new guidelines.
The short answer is SEER2 doesn’t mean much now, but it will be important to understand when its time to replace your air conditioner or furnace. And while SEER2 and HSPF2 are good for the environment they will have a bigger impact on your wallet when it comes to upfront costs.
SEER2 Impacts New HVAC Equipment Production
The new SEER2 rating requires new HVAC equipment to be more energy efficient. That impacts:
- Air Conditioners
- Heat Pumps
- Gas Furnaces
- Evaporator Coils
- Single Packaged Units
Because these key pieces of equipment need to be more energy efficient than before, we’re seeing some cost increases across the board. As a result, the total combination of it’s not going to get cheaper to install a new AC or furnace anytime soon.
But There’s a Catch
Any unit manufactured before January 1st, 2023, is not subject to the new SEER2 rating. You can buy a new AC or furnace and lock it in before being forced to buy more expensive, highly energy efficient HVAC equipment. Be sure to call Barron as we still have a good inventory of 2022 models.
So it might be a good time to consider an upgrade. Air conditioners and furnaces can last 10-15 years with proper maintenance through our Silver Shield Membership. But something to consider is your current unit breaks down a year from now, it’s unlikely that any pre-2023 equipment will be left to buy.
Call us Today About a Pre-2023 HVAC System
When our inventory of pre-2023 air conditioners and furnaces runs out we will be on to new and more efficient equipment…but less costly options will be gone. Everything manufactured from January 1st, 2023, onward will follow the SEER2 rating which may increase costs.
Whether you want to focus on the newly manufactured 2023 models for efficiency, or you want to explore using a pre-2023 model, we can help you navigate all the details. Give us a call and we can set up a free consultation. Or ask about one of our spring maintenance specials to keep that oldy but goody going.
Our team of Home Performance Experts has served the I-5 corridor from Blaine to Marysville, Oak Harbor to Concrete, and the San Juan Islands since 1972 with a mission of Improving Lives™. We look forward to serving you too! Contact Barron Heating & Air Conditioning today for heating and cooling installation.