Every year is a chance to improve—not just ourselves but also our properties. Preserving energy needs to be a priority for all property owners, commercial and residential alike. If you don’t know where to start, we can help. Check out these three new energy efficiency standards to know in 2023.
New SEER Standards
The previous SEER standards no longer apply. The new 2023 federal minimum energy efficiency regulation requires a one SEER point increase, which is about 7%—and that’s the minimum. The Department of Energy (DOE) separates the country into three regions: North, South, and Southwest.
With the new percentage increase, every region will increase by one point. The North region is currently at a minimum SEER rating of 13, and will jump to 14. The South will increase from 14 to 15. The new ratings will impact customer communications and inventory.
SEER2, HSPF2 & EER2
New energy regulations mean changing the equipment inside homes and commercial properties that require the most energy. Of course, we’re talking about HVAC systems. Mechanics must test the new SEER equipment’s AC and heat procedures.
SEER2, HSPF2, and EER2 are new equipment that consistently test well. The readings are more accurate, and the DOE outlines new test procedures that all manufacturers must follow. They’ll get a clear view and comparison from one unit to another. Prepare yourself to see a lower reading than what typically shows up on the SEER test.
Commercial equipment won’t see much change because there are no regional efficiency requirements. The most that will happen are some technological changes.
Expect to see a transition into more modulated compressor technologies. Base efficiency levels, two-stage tandems, trios, and variables will all receive an upgrade. Our mechanical contractors in California will also see the changes and know how to handle them.
These new energy efficiency standards in 2023 excite us at ICOM Mechanical. It shows a lot of promise and progress for our planet. We encourage you to visit our website for more information.