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FAQs About the New Government Energy Efficiency Regulations

October 14, 2022

With the new government energy efficiency standards going into effect on January 1st, 2023, many homes and business owners affected by the changes have questions. We have compiled a frequently asked questions list so you can get all the information you need quickly and effectively.

What is the estimated cost increase on new equipment?

The estimated cost increase is 20% to 25%, depending on the unit you are interested in. This can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

What are my region’s new standards?

To meet SEER2 requirements in the southeast region, residential central air systems below 45,000 Btu must have a SEER2 rating of 14.3 (15.0 SEER). Residential central air systems 45,000 Btu and above must have a SEER2 rating of 13.8 (14.5 SEER). In addition, heat pumps in any region must meet 14.3 SEER2 (15.0 SEER) and 7.5 HSPF2 (8.8 HSPF) requirements. 

What does SEER mean?

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, the ratio used to measure cooling.

What is the difference between SEER and SEER2?

SEER2 still stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, but the way of evaluating the efficiency has been updated. SEER2 will be introduced on January 1, 2023, like the rest of the updated standards.

What does HSPF mean?

HSPF stands for heating seasonal performance factor, which measures heating.

What is the difference between HSPF and HSPF2?

HSPF still stands for heating seasonal performance factor, but similarly to SEER2, the way of assessing the efficiency has been updated and will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

Will I need to change my unit?

You won’t be MADE to change your unit, but manufacturers will stop making non-regulation units. This will make repairing your unit and finding parts for it difficult in the coming years.

Should I look into changing my unit?

If your unit is 10 years or older or has been giving you a lot of difficulties, it may be worth considering changing your unit.

When is the last day to install non-regulation units?

The last day for non-regulation units to be manufactured is December 31, 2022.  Straight A/C units cannot be installed after December 31st.  Currently all other types of non-regulation systems can be installed after January 1st.

What does Advance Mechanical recommend I do?

If your unit is 10 years or older, especially if it has been giving you trouble, we recommend getting a quote so you can decide if it is in your best interest to change your unit possibly avoid the next price increase.

Where can I find more information?

We have another blog about the new government standards and the changes they will bring. You can find that here.

Who should I call for a quote or any other HVAC needs?

Advance Mechanical, of course! We have proudly served eastern North Carolina for over 35 years and are always looking for ways to best serve you. Call us today at 252-355-9191.