Air Conditioning Efficiency Change.
On January 23rd 2006 the Department of energy increased the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating from 10 SEER to 13 SEER. The higher the SEER rating the more energy efficient the system is. Well there doing it again, On January 1st 2015 the Department of Energy is increasing the minimum efficiency standard to 14 SEER, for the southern United States. What this means to you, is that the price to replace your air conditioning system is going to increase. (Perhaps by 10-20%) Some other challenges that we’ll face are fitment issues, generally the higher the efficiency the larger the units become. This can be a serious problem if your air handler is mounted in a closet with say 14 ½ inches of width and the new handler is 17-20 inches wide. This situation is quite common in condos and apartments. The good news is that the newer higher efficiency units will save you money on your utility bill and conserve energy.