The Department of Energy is Updating the Regulatory Requirements for HVAC Systems

If you plan to replace your heat pump or AC in 2023, you could receive tax credits for your energy-efficient upgrades. Work with your HVAC technician to take advantage of increased savings over prior tax credits for efficient heating and cooling. As of January 1, 2023, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) energy efficiency requirements for new systems will also change. So, work with Sheldon’s Heating and Air to choose an eligible system for your Southern California home.

2023 Efficiency Changes for Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners

Federal standards are becoming more aggressive, as this is the second update in the last five years. Under the new rules, the Southwest (CA, NV, AZ, NM), North, and Southeast Regions of the country will have unique efficiency standards. Central AC installation rules will also become more stringent.

For heat pumps, the new regulations call for:

  • AC efficiency ratings go up by one SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), as follows:
    • North: SEER 14.
    • South and Southwest: SEER 15.
  • The efficiency rating for heat pumps is the same throughout the country. The new requirement increases to 15 SEER, which is approximately 8% higher than current regulations.
  • The changes come with new labeling. EER and SEER ratings will be referred to as EER2 and SEER2 to reflect the changes.
  • Manufacturers must implement new testing procedures that consider higher external static pressure.

These changes will help the industry become more environmentally conscious. As such, it’s important to work with a company that embraces change and has your best interests in mind.

Is Your HVAC Contractor Ready for the Changes? We Are!

Manufacturers and installers must comply with the new requirements or risk fines and penalties. Sheldon’s Heating and Air only works with trusted suppliers and brands to avoid potential issues for our customers. Many residents wonder how the new rules will affect residents of Riverside and the surrounding communities. We are in the Southwest region and our technicians are ready to speak knowledgeably on how the regulations impact your choice of heat pumps and ACs.

Labeling requirements will include the new rating system. Your HVAC contractor can point out whether a system meets the new standards. Homeowners wonder how the regulations impact their ability to receive maintenance or repairs on legacy systems. Rest assured that Sheldon’s Heating and Air will continue to maintain your current unit for as long as it runs. However, if you’re ready for a new system, it will have to comply with the new rules.

You don’t have to worry about sourcing equipment that meets the new standards because we’ll do that for you! We do advise homeowners to order equipment early to avoid delays in the supply chain.

Trust the Industry-Leading HVAC Experts in Riverside, CA

You can save money on your monthly bill by installing new equipment that meets the latest standards. Contact us today to ensure your new HVAC system meets federal standards applicable to California.


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