Starting 1 January 2023, new federal HVAC regulations for air conditioning minimum efficiencies go into effect. For the Southeast region, which includes Alabama, minimum efficiencies for air conditioners and heat pumps will increase from SEER 14 to Seer 15. The nomenclature will change for all new equipment ratings, which reflects new rating procedures. The new ratings are designated SEER2 for air conditioners, EER2 for heat pumps and HSPF2 for furnaces.

What Is SEER?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which calculates cooling power divided by the energy it uses during a cooling season. The higher the SEER value, the better the efficiency. A SEER ratio expresses the maximum energy efficiency potential. Actual energy efficiency depends on several factors, including outdoor temperature, humidity levels, size and condition of system ductwork and the size of your home.

Changes to SEER Ratings

SEER ratings are determined by manufacturers, who must use specific testing measures to assign a SEER rating to their equipment. However, there is some latitude in how a company tests airflow and other elements that contribute to a rating. The rating may be misleading to consumers because it stands for maximum efficiency, which may not reflect real operating conditions.

To make SEER ratings more realistic, the Department of Energy requires new testing procedures that determine energy efficiency in real-world conditions. Specifically, the new testing raises external static pressure testing conditions by a factor of five. External static pressure is the resistance to airflow as air enters and leaves ducts. This resistance affects blower motor wattage, which can reduce efficiency ratings. All HVAC equipment sold and installed after 1 January 2023 must meet SEER2 testing ratings.

Air Specialty of Semmes, Alabama, serves the greater Mobile community. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Representative, we must meet stringent technical standards and offer impeccable customer service. We are authorized to install and repair Carrier products and honor their warranties. As January 2023 approaches and SEER2 ratings go into effect, we work closely with Carrier and other major HVAC manufacturers to ensure that our NATE-certified technicians are properly trained to work with this new equipment.

If you are planning to install a new heat pump, furnace or air conditioning system, call Air Specialty. For more information about bew HVAC regulations regarding SEER2, energy efficiency and products that improve indoor comfort, call and talk to one of our technicians, or schedule a free in-home consultation.

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