New 2023 SEER HVAC Standards & Impacts

New 2023 SEER HVAC Standards

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The minimum efficiencies for residential air conditioners and heat pumps are changing. The Department of Energy is increasing the SEER ratings and requirements for AC units across the U.S., and these specific ratings slightly differ depending on the area where you reside. Below, we discuss SEER, how it affects Illinois residents, and how this change is a step toward heightened sustainability.

What Is SEER?

SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency rating, is utilized to determine the energy efficiency of AC units and heat pumps by dividing cooling BTU/h output by input wattage (BTU/Wh) over summer’s three-month period. The higher the SEER rating of a unit, the more efficient it is. The lowest SEER rating is 9, while the highest reaches 75, though, for most standard domestic units, a rating between 11 to 20 usually suffices. 

Illinois Updated SEER Requirements

Starting in January 2023, AC units and heat pumps must be rated by the DOE appendix M1 testing procedure, denoted as SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2. SEER requirements for the northern part of the U.S. are increasing from 13 to 14 for AC units and 14 to 15 for heat pumps. 

Energy-Efficient Requirements in Illinois

For Illinois residents, air conditioners and single-packaged units must adhere to the region’s minimum efficiencies and testing requirements to meet SEER2 standards. For homeowners in Illinois, it’s essential to keep these updated rating requirements in mind when purchasing new HVAC units and packages; however, any unit built before January 1, 2023, can still be installed on or after this date so long as said unit meets the requirements when manufactured.

Meet SEER Requirements With Blue Frost Heating & Cooling in West Chicago

Blue Frost Heating & Cooling has supplied West Chicago and surrounding areas with comprehensive HVAC solutions since 1973. We are family-owned and -operated and focused on transparency, honesty, and integrity, and we take pride in our exceptional customer service! Our technicians are highly trained and equipped to tackle virtually any project thrown our way, and we also offer free estimates and 24/7 emergency services for issues that can’t wait. We offer a lifetime warranty on repair parts when maintenance is scheduled annually with us! 

Your comfort and safety are our business. Schedule an HVAC service with Blue Frost Heating & Cooling today by calling (630) 444-0860 or contacting us online

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