Mastering Home Comfort in the Age of 2023 SEER Regulations
When it comes to keeping our homes comfortable, energy efficiency is a crucial factor to consider. Not only does it help us reduce our carbon footprint, but it also saves us money on energy bills.
As updated SEER regulations impact installation and replacement plans for homeowners nationwide, it’s more important than ever to understand which HVAC equipment can provide the greatest efficiency without sacrificing comfort.
Call us at 856-485-7215 or contact us online to learn more about how these updates will impact your next HVAC replacement options.
Central HVAC systems are the traditional choice for many homes, providing heating and cooling through a network of ducts. These systems typically consist of a furnace or air handler and an outdoor unit (condenser or heat pump). Central HVAC systems offer several energy-efficient options, such as variable-speed motors and high-efficiency filters.
However, their overall energy efficiency depends on factors like ductwork insulation, air leaks, and proper sizing. Upgrading to modern, energy-efficient models can significantly improve their efficiency.
Ductless mini-splits have gained popularity due to their flexibility and energy efficiency. These systems comprise an outdoor unit connected to one or more indoor units, eliminating the need for ductwork. Ductless mini-splits offer personalized comfort by individually controlling each zone while reducing energy waste.
Moreover, they don’t suffer from the energy losses associated with duct leaks and are typically more efficient than central HVAC systems. Choosing models with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings further enhances their energy efficiency.
Heat pumps are versatile HVAC systems that can provide heating and cooling by transferring heat indoors and outdoors. They work exceptionally well in modern climates and offer remarkable energy efficiency. Heat pumps extract heat from the air, ground, or water sources, making them a sustainable option for homeowners.
Although their efficiency decreases as the outdoor temperature drops, advanced technologies like dual-fuel systems and inverter-driven compressors help overcome this limitation. Selecting heat pumps with higher Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and SEER ratings ensures optimal energy efficiency and ongoing cost savings.
Starting in January 2023, updated SEER regulations have been introduced, significantly impacting homeowners’ decision-making process as it relates to installing and replacing HVAC equipment. According to updated rules, SEER ratings for Northern states have increased from 13 SEER to 14 SEER for split-system ACs and single-package AC systems. Additionally, split-system heat pumps have a new minimum nationwide requirement of 15 SEER.
Choosing a system with a higher SEER is recommended for its cost savings and lower environmental impact. However, homeowners in the Northern U.S. can still purchase and install non-compliant air conditioners and heat pumps as long as the systems were manufactured before January 1, 2023.
In the pursuit of energy efficiency, homeowners have multiple options when it comes to HVAC systems. Central HVAC systems provide a familiar choice, while ductless mini-splits and heat pumps offer enhanced energy efficiency and greater flexibility. With the updated 2023 SEER regulations, homeowners must prioritize selecting HVAC systems that comply with higher energy-efficiency standards.
By making an informed decision and choosing the right HVAC system, homeowners can achieve optimal comfort while reducing their environmental impact and energy costs. At Harris Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric, our team is here to help you upgrade to a new system that satisfies the updated SEER guidance for 2023.
Consult a professional HVAC technician today by calling our team at 856-485-7215 to request HVAC installation or replacement for your home.