What Is SEER and How Does it Impact HVAC Systems?
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) measures cooling system efficiency. The higher the number, the better the efficiency.
Beginning next year, SEER ratings for AC units and heat pumps will increase from 13 to 14 in northern states and 14 to 15 SEER in the South and Southwest regions of the country.
In terms of heating efficiency, air-source heat pumps will increase from 8.2 to 8.8 HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor).
The increase in efficiency means you will use less electricity for the same amount of cooling. Your home’s carbon footprint will shrink, and so will your utility bills. But you can expect manufacturers to increase prices to accommodate the new SEER ratings.
Is your cooling system more than eight years old and less than 15 SEER? Now is the perfect time to replace it before prices increase next year. Why keep outdated, obsolete equipment that will drive up your electric bills?
What Is SEER2?
SEER2 represents new testing standards for cooling systems beginning in 2023. The testing standards give consumers a more accurate picture of how an installed HVAC system will perform.
Similar to the changes in the SEER rating, these new testing standards do not impact your current system. But they will drive up purchase costs in the future. The new testing requirements mean any equipment the manufacturers produce must now adhere to SEER2 standards.