SEER2 Mandates

Regulations go into effect beginning January 1, 2023

Air conditioning is a necessity, not a luxury to have in Arizona, it would be challenging to live here without it.

There’s a good chance you’ve been hearing about the changes happening regarding SEER and SEER2 in 2023. Let’s explain the difference between SEER and SEER2 and how they can impact you and your air conditioner, especially if you’re looking to install a new air conditioner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is SEER?

You may have heard the term SEER before regarding air conditioners, but you may not be exactly sure what it is. It stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. This ratio is used to determine how much energy the air conditioning unit needs to use to cool down a space compared to other air conditioning systems. The efficiency standards that are currently in place were created back in 2015. These figures aim to ensure that consumers can get an Arizona air conditioner that works optimally while consuming as little energy as possible. The easiest way to understand this is that the higher the SEER number, the less electricity it uses.

What Is SEER2?

SEER2 is the newest protocol for SEER and will go into effect in Arizona in 2023. These new regulations are not only for air conditioners but also for heat pumps and gas furnaces. In effect, they are raising the minimum requirements to work on getting more air conditioning units to be more energy efficient in the long run.

Why Are They Different?

The key reason why they are different is that the new SEER2 testing and rating system means that the energy efficiency standards will help Arizona consumers get a more accurate reading into how efficient the different HVAC units are on the market. In addition, there will be a more accurate testing environment for these units to better reflect how they run in a real-world setting, such as a home or business near you. For example, you’ve heard how there may be discrepancies between testing items in a manufacturing testing facility compared to the real world, so this updated testing ratio takes this into effect.

Why Does It Matter?

There are a few reasons why it matters. One is that SEER is one of the factors that some use to determine which air conditioner to install, so if it performs differently than what’s labeled, you may be making a choice based on false information. Another reason is that everyone wants to save on energy costs. Getting an air conditioner that’s the most energy-efficient helps you to save money while still enjoying the benefits of the unit. Finally, it’s also better for the environment to reduce your energy consumption.

What Are the SW Region Requirements?

Since the United States is a large country with varying climates, it makes sense that these regulations differ based on the area near you. For example, in the South Western region of the United States, Central Air Systems in residential homes below 45,000 BTUs needs to have a SEER2 rating of at least 14.3; in homes above 45,000BTUs, it needs to be 13.8. Any Arizona air conditioning units that no longer qualify because they don’t meet this minimum threshold cannot be installed or sold after the first of 2023.

How Is SEER2 Calculated?

A formula is used to calculate the SEER2 of an Arizona air conditioning unit. It’s done by taking the cooling output for the usual cooling season the system is in use during and dividing that by the amount of electricity used for that same period. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the unit is when it comes to cooling a space nearby.

Are There Punishments for Noncompliance?

You may be worried that you must rush to get your air conditioner installation appointment set up right away in fear of potential punishments for your old unit not being SEER2 compliant. That’s not the case at all. While manufacturers, dealers, and contractors must comply, Arizona customers don’t have to worry about compliance requirements. That being said, you can have some incentive to have your air conditioner replaced this year if you’re planning on replacing it before costs go up due to the new regulations.

Do I Need to Upgrade My AC?

You don’t need to have your air conditioner upgraded immediately if you’re not ready for a replacement. For example, if your air conditioning is running smoothly and is still relatively new, you won’t have to take any action to upgrade it now.

Have questions about the new changes to SEER2 or want to see if you can benefit by taking advantage of prices now? Contact Day & Night Air Conditioning today. Our experienced staff near you can help you determine if the time is right for you to upgrade your air conditioner now or if it would be more beneficial to wait for our installers to handle your new air conditioner unit when you can take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Plan. Let us help you determine what needs to be done to help you save money and still stay cool during the hot months.

Not interested in upgrading your A/C unit at this time?
Learn how you can receive a tax credit here if you buy in 2023.

Can I Receive a Tax Credit for my Air Conditioner?

Anything that has to do with taxes and tax credits can be confusing. Day & Night Air Conditioning can help to explain the energy tax credits for Arizona homeowners and how they can impact you. As the tax credits and rebates are also tied to your yearly income and the medium income of your zip code, it can be wise to determine if you’ll qualify for the total amount. For example, you’ll need to make below 80% of the median income of your zip code for the full amount, but you’ll get a rebate of about 50% if you make 80% to 150% of the median income of your zip code.

For those who will qualify for the more significant rebates, waiting until the credits kick in may be more beneficial before making your appointment to have your new air conditioner installed. If you make a great deal more than your area’s median income, it may behoove you to take advantage of sales on this year’s models of air conditioners and heat pumps.

All this information may not make it clear about what to do about updating your HVAC system, so that’s why we’re here to help. Are you interested in Phoenix Energy tax credits and want to learn more about what you’ll qualify for? You can count on us at Day & Night Air Conditioning to help you determine when’s the best time for you to take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act. We’re happy to go over your home’s current air conditioner or heat pump setup and whether or not you’ll need to upgrade and when.

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