How Will New Department Of Energy Standards Impact Your Home?

Energy Standards Impact Your Home | Daffan Cooling & Heating

What is “SEER2”?

The Department of Energy (DOE) will be implementing updated minimum energy efficiency standards for heating and cooling equipment in the U.S. What was once called SEER will now be referred to as SEER2. SEER2 requires newly manufactured HVAC equipment to meet updated standards by January 1, 2023. The new standards set different cooling and heating efficiency levels which vary according to the region of the U.S. you reside in.

The new standards require no less than a 13.8-14.3 SEER2 rating in the southern part of the U.S., where cooling loads are a larger share of home energy use. Higher SEER2 ratings indicate more energy-efficient equipment.

Any equipment that does not meet these standards by January 1, 2023, cannot be installed or sold.

Regions Impacted by SEER2 Changes

Texas is within the Southeast Region

  • SEER2 rating of at least 13.8 to 14.3 for all residential central air systems depending on the size of the system
  • SEER2 rating of at least 14.3 for all heat pumps

*For more detailed information on these regulations go to

Energy Standards Impact Your Home | Daffan Cooling & Heating

Penalties & Enforcement for Noncompliance

The DoE will post information about regional standards violations here. It is illegal to sell a routine violator any kind of central air conditioner (including heat pumps). Fines and consequences for violators will be significant. Make sure your AC contractor is compliant.

Do I Need to Upgrade My Cooling or Heating System to SEER2 Standards?

It depends on your situation. Older systems that don’t meet 2023 SEER2 requirements will be phased out. Similar to the phasing out of systems using the old R22 refrigerant that we saw a few years back. Needless to say, the cost of retooling manufacturing plants to produce the new SEER2-compliant equipment will impact the pricing of new equipment. If your unit is more than 10 years old or you have encountered costly repairs in the last year or so it may be a good idea to consider replacement options. You will not be required by the DoE to replace or upgrade your current system. Don’t believe contractors who may tell you otherwise. It’s important to consult with a trusted, licensed professional HVAC Specialist to discuss options for repairs and replacements on older heating and air equipment and systems. Daffan Cooling & Heating offers a free consultation for equipment replacement. No high-pressure sales tactics or gimmicks.

We still have many unanswered questions ourselves. We’ve been advised by the DOE answers will be forthcoming. One thing is for certain, costs will increase after
Jan. 1, 2023. Between now and then will be the least expensive time to replace your HVAC system should you choose to do so.

As always, if we can answer any of your questions please reach out (817) 210-4787.

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