SEER Efficiency Standards for 2023: What You Need to Know from Total Comfort Solutions
Updated: Mar 9
As a trusted HVAC service provider in Bucks County PA and surrounding Philadelphia areas, Total Comfort Solutions is committed to keeping our customers informed about the latest developments in the industry. In 2023, the HVAC industry is set to make big strides toward sustainability, with new regulations aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. In this blog, we'll provide a comprehensive overview of the SEER efficiency standards for 2023 and what you can expect from your HVAC equipment.
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, a measure of an air conditioner's cooling output compared to the electrical energy it consumes. Starting January 1, 2023, there will be two changes to SEER standards. First, the minimum SEER rating will increase on HVAC equipment, with new air conditioners requiring a minimum SEER of 14 in northern states and 15 in southern states. Second, the industry will adopt the SEER 2 standard, which provides a better estimate of your potential energy usage when shopping for HVAC equipment.
AC Refrigerant Regulations
The industry is also making changes to the refrigerants used in HVAC systems, with a move away from R-22 (Freon) towards R-410 (Puron) refrigerant and likely to A2L by 2025. HVAC manufacturers are already designing new technology to accommodate A2L, which has a lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) than alternatives but is mildly flammable.
Benefits of the 2023 HVAC Regulations
The 2023 HVAC regulations will have a positive impact on the environment, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and contributing to global warming mitigation. Consumers can also expect to see reduced utility bills and improved energy efficiency from their HVAC systems.
Downside of the 2023 HVAC Regulations
The new regulations may create minor inconveniences for individuals, such as longer wait times for parts or replacement units and difficulties finding compatible parts for older systems.
Upgrading Your Old HVAC System
If your HVAC equipment is in good condition and meeting your heating and cooling needs, there's no need to buy a new one that meets the new industry standards. Regular maintenance appointments will help keep your system running efficiently. However, if your system is approaching the end of its useful life or the cost of a repair exceeds the cost of a replacement, it may be time to consider upgrading to equipment that meets the current standards.
At Total Comfort Solutions, we are proud to be at the forefront of HVAC services in Bucks County PA and the surrounding Philadelphia area. By keeping our customers informed about the latest developments in the industry, we can ensure that your HVAC equipment is running efficiently and sustainably. Contact us today at 215-671-8375 to learn more about our services or to schedule a maintenance appointment.