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U.S. HVAC Updates

Your interactive guide to efficiency standard regulations.

Please click a state on the map to see applicable regulations and implementation dates.

Dates and information as of 6/1/2022.

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Alaska

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Alabama

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Arkansas

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Arizona

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2, 11.7 EER2 (9.8 for 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU13.8 SEER2, 11.2 EER2 (9.8 if 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system heat pump14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric13.4 SEER2 (Fall 2022), 10.6 EER2 (Summer 2022)
Single-packaged heat pump13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

California

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2, 11.7 EER2 (9.8 for 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU13.8 SEER2, 11.2 EER2 (9.8 if 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric with ultra-low NOx emission for South Coast Air Quality Management District and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District13.4 SEER2 (Fall 2022), 10.6 EER2 (Summer 2022)
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition effective January 1, 2025.

X

Colorado

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Connecticut

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

District of Columbia

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Delaware

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Florida

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Georgia

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Hawaii

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Iowa

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

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Idaho

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Illinois

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Indiana

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Kansas

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Kentucky

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Louisiana

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Massachusetts

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Maryland

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Maine

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Michigan

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Minnesota

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Missouri

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Mississippi

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Montana

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

North Carolina

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

North Dakota

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Nebraska

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

New Hampshire

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

New Jersey

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

New Mexico

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2, 11.7 EER2 (9.8 for 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2, 11.2 EER2 (9.8 if 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric13.4 SEER2 (Fall 2022), 10.6 EER2 (Summer 2022)
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Nevada

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2, 11.7 EER2 (9.8 for 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2, 11.2 EER2 (9.8 if 15.2+ SEER2)
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric13.4 SEER2 (Fall 2022), 10.6 EER2 (Summer 2022)
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

New York

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Ohio

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Oklahoma

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Oregon

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Pennsylvania

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Puerto Rico

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Rhode Island

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

South Carolina

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

South Dakota

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Tennessee

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Texas

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

U.S. Terrirories

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Utah

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Virginia

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC < 45,000 BTU 14.3 SEER2
Split-system AC > 45,000 BTU 13.8 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Vermont

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Washington

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Wisconsin

Climate Alliance Member

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

West Virginia

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

X

Wyoming

 

Updates to federal and regional minimum efficiency standards:

ProductEfficiency
Split-system AC 13.4 SEER2
Split-system heat pump 14.3 SEER2, 7.5 HSPF2
Single-packaged AC and gas electric 13.4 SEER2
Single-packaged heat pump 13.4 SEER2, 6.7 HSPF2

A2L refrigerant transition date TBD

WHAT's CHANGING IN 2023

Overview

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) new minimum efficiency requirements will begin on January 1, 2023. The changes affect all newly manufactured residential and manufactured housing air conditioners and heat pumps.

Looking back at SEER efficiency changes for residential split air conditioners

There are new, more stringent testing procedures to determine the SEER rating of units. The new testing methods more accurately reflect field conditions. The change in testing procedures will reduce efficiency ratings versus the current SEER, EER, and HSPF ratings. As such, new metrics and nomenclature were developed.

2023 SEER CHANGE

Northern Regions
  • Split air conditioners must achieve a 14.0 SEER rating (increased from 13.0 SEER).
Southeast and Southwest Regions
  • Split air conditioners must achieve a 15.0* SEER rating (increased from 14.0 SEER).
All Regions
  • Split heat pumps, regardless of region, must have a minimum efficiency of 15.0 SEER (increased from 14.0 SEER)

*15.0 SEER if <45K BTU, or 14.5 SEER if ≥ 45K BTU
EER requirements also apply in the southwest region, 12.2 EER <45K BTU or 11.7 EER ≥ 45K BTU, if SEER >16, then the EER minimum is 10.2

TESTING AND MEASUREMENT REQUIRED CHANGES

2023 DOE changes will also require more stringent testing procedures.
A revised testing procedure will determine energy efficiency ratings for residential and manufactured housing equipment to more accurately reflect field conditions. The external static pressure, ESP, will be increased from 0.3” to 0.5” for residential housing and from .27” to .3” for manufactured housing. With the change in testing procedures, efficiency ratings will reduce vs. the current SEER, EER and HSPF ratings. As such, new metrics and nomenclature were developed. These changes apply ONLY to single-phase equipment.

The New Testing Will Reduce Energy Efficiency Ratings
2023 DOE changes will also require more stringent testing procedures. Since testing is more stringent, the minimum DOE efficiency requirements will be reduced for SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2 ratings versus the 2023 SEER, EER, and HSPF minimum requirements for each region. As an example, the current minimum requirement for the northern region is 13.0 SEER. Under the new requirement, the minimum will be 14.0 SEER or 13.4 SEER2.

Why the Reduction in Efficiency Rating
Increasing the external static pressure by 66% increases the blower motor watt usage, reducing the energy efficiency rating. Why the Reduction in Efficiency Rating The airflow set point on indoor blowers, including fan coils and furnaces, will also change.

What Else Changed
The airflow set point on indoor blowers, including fan coils and furnaces, will also change.

Equipment Testing
Unlike other efficiency requirement changes, the 2023 changes require manufacturers to retest every product tier. According to the new guidelines, each tier will need to be reoptimized and relaunched in accordance with the new DOE test procedure.

New Efficiency Standards
SEER
SEER2
EER
EER2
HSPF
HSPF2

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 2023 NON-COMPLIANCE

The DOE Will Likely Folow 2015 Non-Compliance Standards.

2015 Infractions Included:
  • Dealers/contractors installing non-compliant equipment
  • Distributors supplying non-compliant equipment to contractors
  • Manufacturers knowingly selling non-compliant equipment
Penalties May Include:
  • Dealers/Contractors having to pay to replace non-compliant equipment and being listed on a national “no-sel” list for repeat violators
  • Distributors could be barred from purchasing any of the seven classes of products identified in the Code of Federal Regulations (10-CFR-430.32)
  • Manufacturers could face significant monetary fines of up to $440 per incident. The peanalties would apply to private labelers or distributors as well.

How to Protect Your Business
Education is key. Teach your employees about the new 2023 efficiency requirements. Learn the efficiency standard for your region.

Everyone; dealers/contractors, distributors, and manufacturers will be required to track the model and serial numbers of products sold and installed, including installation locations. Keep these records for at least 60 months.




SECURING OUR FUTURE AS WELL AS OUR PARTNER’S FUTURE

We have been working behind the scenes for some time now to ensure our products are fully compliant with the new Department of Energy regulations. We are committed to helping make the transition as easy and painless as possible for our distributor and dealer/contractor partners. Here are a few things that we have been doing and will be offering to you.

  • Updating all products to meet the 2023 requirements for air conditioners and heat pumps
  • Updating our testing procedures to the new standards
  • Video training for our partners on the DOE regulatory changes
  • On-going training and support for our partners on the DOE regulatory changes.

Now is the Time to Prepare
Embracing the new guidelines now will have the least impact on your business. Now is the time to trian your eomployees on what they need to do. We are here to help you understand and navigate the 2023 eficiency changes.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTION: Why is the DOE changing efficiency ratings?

ANSWER: Every six years, the Department of Energy is required by law to review the energy use of specific home appliances and mechanical systems. Based on their review, the Department determines that an increase in energy efficiencies is cost-justified, and they set the requirements accordingly.


QUESTION: Are there different product sell dates that I need to know?

ANSWER: Yes. Refer to the chart below.

DOE Product ClassNew Standards Effective By
Residential North / National ACDate of Mfg. – Sell-through allowed
Residential Southeast ACDate of installation
Residential Southwest ACDate of installation
Residential National HPDate of Mfg. – Sell-through allowed

QUESTION: Why does my state have higher requirements?

ANSWER: Climate is a driving factor in the determination. In warmer climates, homeowners use more energy to cool their homes. Therefore, they represent the most significant opportunity for energy savings.


QUESTION: How do I know if I am located in a "regional standards state?"

ANSWER: Regional Standard states are located in the Southeast and Southwest Regions

Southeast RegionSouthwest Region
Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico
All other U.S. states not listed above will follow the National Standard.

QUESTION: What are the 2023 SEER, HSPF-rated AC, and HP values?

2023 Values Applicable to SEER, HSPF-Rated AC and HP
Product National All US States not otherwise listed as “regional standards states” Southeast Regional Standards States Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Southwest Regional Standards States Arizona, California, Nevada or New Mexico
SEERHSPFSEERSEERSEER
Split AC < 45K BTU14.015.045.012.2/10.2*
Split AC ≥ 45K BTU14.014.514.511.7/10.2*
Split HP15.08.815.015.0

Split Air Conditioners - 2023 Regional Standards

For northern regions, any 13.0 SEER air conditioner built before January 1, 2023, can still be installed on or after January 1, 2023. In Southeast and Southwest regions, air conditioners that don’t meet the below requirements can not be installed on or after January 1, 2023, unless they meet the new 2023 minimum efficiencies listed in SEER.

System Type North Region Southeast Region Southwest Region
Split System ACs AC < 45K BTU) 2015 Minimum Rating 13.0 SEER New SEER New SEER2 2015 Minimum Rating 14.0 SEER New SEER New SEER2 2015 Minimum Rating 14.0 SEER & 12.2 EER/ 11.7 EER *** New SEER New SEER2
14.0 SEER 13.4 SEER2 15.0 SEER 14.3 SEER2 15.0 SEER and 12.2 EER* 14.3 SEER2 and 11.7 EER2**
Split System ACs (AC ≥ 45K BTU) 14.0 SEER 13.4 SEER2 14.5 SEER 13.8 SEER2 14.5 SEER and 11.7 EER* 13.8 SEER2 and 11.2 EER2**

Split System Heat Pumps - 2023 National Standards

Regardless of region, heat pump minimum efficiency requirements will increase to 14.3 SEER2. Split system heat pumps must also met a minimum 7.5 HSPF2. Any 14.0 SEER heat pump built before January 1, 2023, can stil be installed on or after January 1, 2023.

System TypeNational Efficiency Standard
2015 SEER and HSPF Minimum RatingNew SEER2 and HSPF2
Split System HPs14.0 SEER and 8.2 HSPF14.3 SEER2 and 7.5 HSPF2

Packaged Units - 2023 National Standards

Single-phase packaged unit minimum efficiency requirements will be 13.4 SEER2 and 6.7 HSPF2.

System TypeNational Efficiency Standard
2015 SEER and HSPF Minimum RatingNew SEER2 and HSPF2
Packaged Units14.0 SEER and 8.0 HSPF13.4 SEER2 and 6.7 HSPF2

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