Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a new set of energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment? If not, you are not alone. According to estimates from Emerson Climate Technologies Inc., 74% of contractors were not even aware of these changes.
Dealing with New HVAC Regulations in Maryland, Across the Globe
Air Conditioner Efficiency Minimum Takes a SEER-ious Jump
Starting this year (effective January 1, 2015), a new Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) went into effect for air conditioners and heat pump. These standards differ by region; so, for instance, most areas, including Maryland, will move to a 14 SEER standard for air conditioners. The previous standard of 13 SEER, however, will still be observed in northern regions.
New HVAC Regulations in Maryland: 14 SEER
Heat Pump Efficiency is Also on the Rise
All regions have moved away from the 13 SEER and 7.7 HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) standard to a new national heat pump efficiency of 14 SEER and 8.2 HSPF for split system heat pumps. Packaged heat pumps, meanwhile, will move to a 4 SEER, 8.0 HSPF efficiency standard.
New HVAC Regulations in Maryland: 14 SEER, 8.2 HSPF (split system) and 4 SEER, 8.0 HSPF (packaged)
How Will These New HVAC Regulations Affect Me?
These new efficiency standards will affect consumers a couple of ways.
- Air Conditioners: All air conditioners manufactured after January 1, 2015 must follow the new Federal Regional Standards. Air conditioners that do not meet these new standards but were manufactured before January 1st have been granted an 18-month grace period, which allows them to be sold and installed.
- Heat Pumps: All heat pumps (split system and packaged) manufactured after January 1, 2015 must follow these new Federal Regional Standards. Heat pumps that do not meet these new standards but were manufactured before this date can still be sold as long as supplies last.
How Efficient is Your Current HVAC System?
Is it time you upgrade your HVAC system to a more efficient model? Efficiency standards change all the time and are significantly different than they were even 10-15 years ago, meaning your current HVAC equipment might not be as efficient as you think. A new system 15 years ago may have only been between 6 and 10 SEER. Yikes! Just think about all that wasted energy…
How Energy Efficient is Your Home?
Our trained and knowledgeable technicians can make recommendations on what can make your home more energy efficient and comfortable year round, including updates to your HVAC equipment as well as your home.
Whether you are in need of service, regular air conditioning maintenance or replacing your existing system, Fresh Air Concepts is your complete HVAC Company.
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