The United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued the 2023 HVAC regulations. It seeks to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption across the country. These standards will require new HVACs to meet a new set minimum efficiency level, or SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).
New Minimum SEER Rating 2023
The new SEER standards for 2023 are more stringent than ever before. They demand all new residential central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces to meet the least efficiency levels of 14 to 16 SEER. This rating is an improvement over the current standard of 13 SEER that has been in place for years. The new heating and cooling equipment must meet or exceed this efficiency rating to qualify for the United States market. It means the equipment must use less energy to produce the same level of cooling or heating. These standards will ensure better air conditioning and heating and lower consumer energy bills. Additionally, the DOE estimates that the new regulations will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 70 million metric tons over the next decade.
With these changes in place, you will notice that Heat Pumps, Furnaces, Air Conditioners, and all other types of HVAC equipment have a new label listing seasonal efficiency as SEER2. This label reflects the new testing procedure, which considers the higher default external static pressure to represent field conditions. You will require higher watts to achieve higher static, reducing the resulting numeric efficiency rating. All efficiency metrics have changed in 2023 to take on SEER2, HSPF2, and EER2. All the new products sold in Omaha, NE, must meet the new testing requirements and have the new labeling.
Refrigerants for air conditioning and other cooling systems contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). CFCs and HFCs are ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) that harm the environment when released. These regulations aim to phase out CFCs and HFCs as refrigerants and encourage using environmentally friendly alternatives such as R-410A.
In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented regulations requiring all air conditioning systems manufactured or imported into the U.S. must use non-ozone-depleting refrigerants. They should transition from using refrigerants such as R-22 (Freon) towards more environmentally-friendly alternatives, such as R-410 (Puron). Heat pumps must also achieve a minimum HSPF rating of 8.8 or higher to follow the 2023 HVAC regulations.
Impact of New Regulations on Residents of Omaha
Here’s what you can expect to come from these new regulations.
Increased Energy Efficiency
The new regulations will benefit Omaha residents in several ways: lower energy costs, better air quality, and improved comfort. Homeowners can expect efficient HVAC systems that consume less electricity. New units will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Besides these benefits, the changes mean an exciting silver lining for area homeowners – lower power bills. Combining efficient equipment and reduced energy usage can save you hundreds of dollars on your power bills each year.
The recently issued HVAC regulations will impact residents as they may face increased costs to meet new compliance requirements. You should understand the options available to you and be sure that the products you buy are compliant and cost-effective. When you work with Xtreme Heating & Cooling LLC, you can be sure that our products will adhere to the latest changes. Our team can also provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about installing a new HVAC system.
Increased Installation and Maintenance Costs
Residents will likely experience increased installation and maintenance costs to update to current standards. While there is an upfront financial burden, you should remember that the long-term savings of an efficient system will surpass the initial investment. The new systems consume less energy and have fewer costly repairs. This translates to lower bills for routine services and energy. Furthermore, healthier air quality in residential buildings reduces health impacts associated with indoor air pollution. It also improves air quality for greenhouse gas emissions.
If you want more information about the 2023 regulations, look no further than Xtreme Heating & Cooling LLC. We believe these regulations promote a more sustainable future for generations. Our team stays up to date on the latest changes and ensures our customers have access to the best products available. We’ve proudly served the Omaha area since 2012.
At Xtreme Heating & Cooling LLC, we offer a range of heating and cooling services to meet your needs, from the initial installation to ongoing maintenance and repairs over the system’s life. Our certified technicians also work with indoor air quality, geothermal systems, and ductless mini splits. We handle both residential and commercial projects. Contact Xtreme Heating & Cooling LLC today to schedule an appointment.