2023 HVAC Efficiency Regulation Changes & How They Affect Kansas City Homeowners
An energy-efficient HVAC system is critical for maintaining your comfort, lowering energy bills, and reducing your carbon footprint. That’s why HVAC manufacturers must ensure new cooling systems meet or exceed efficiency standards.
As of January 1, 2023, the minimum SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, for a new AC unit will be raised from 13 to 14 for both Kansas and Missouri. Any new air conditioners manufactured after that date must meet these minimum efficiency standards.
Who Controls the Regulations?
Since 1992, the Department of Energy has regulated HVAC efficiency standards to ensure that manufacturers are producing heating and cooling systems that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. As new technology becomes available, the DOE updates the regulations.
What Are the New Regulations?
With the new year comes new standards for HVAC systems. There are new regulations nationwide, but SEER regulations vary by climate region. For Kansas and Missouri, both in the northern region due to our cold winters, this means:
- Air conditioner efficiency requirements will increase from 13 SEER to 14 SEER (or 13.4 SEER2).
- Heat pump efficiency requirements will increase from 8.2 HSPF to 8.8 HSPF (or 7.5 HSPF2).
- Furnace efficiency requirements are now 81% AFUE for all regions.
In addition, all new HVAC units will undergo more rigorous testing. This increased testing is a better reflection of how your unit will perform. Prior testing procedures didn’t accurately represent the impact of external static pressure and a home’s ductwork on efficiency.
With new tests come new metrics. What was previously measured in SEER, EER, and HSPF will now use the labels SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.
What if My AC Has a SEER Lower Than 14?
It’s important to note that the SEER guidelines from the DOE are meant for manufacturers, not homeowners. Therefore, you don’t need to take immediate action to replace your existing cooling system.
However, if your AC is due for a replacement, the new guidelines will apply to your new system. HVAC company will only install units that are SEER 14 or higher.
Choose A.B. May for AC Replacement
At A.B. May, we know that these guideline changes may not immediately affect our customers. However, we want to ensure that Kansas City area homeowners have all the information they need when upgrading their AC.
When you need a new air conditioner, call A.B. May. Our well-trained technicians provide exceptional service, and with our great financing offers, we make upgrading your cooling system as easy as possible.
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