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What Do the New SEER Ratings Mean for My AC or Heat Pump?

As a homeowner, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest regulations and standards that impact your home’s HVAC system. One such update is the 2023 SEER rating changes (SEER2), which will affect all new air conditioners and heat pumps.

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What Is SEER & Why Does It Matter?


SEER (or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a measure of an air conditioner’s cooling efficiency. It’s calculated by dividing the unit’s cooling output (measured in BTUs) by its energy consumption (measured in watt-hours).

The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit is at cooling your home, and the less energy it will consume. This translates to lower energy bills and a reduced environmental impact.

What Are the New Minimum SEER Ratings for Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps?


Starting in 2023, the minimum SEER rating for new air conditioners and heat pumps will increase from 14 to 15. This means that any units installed after that date must have a SEER rating of 15 or higher to meet the new standards. Homeowners who are considering replacing their HVAC system should keep this in mind, as it may impact the cost and availability of certain models.

How Can You Tell What Your Current SEER Rating Is?


If you’re not sure what your current unit’s SEER rating is, there are a few ways to find out. The easiest way is to look for a label on the unit itself, which should indicate the SEER rating along with other important information, such as the model number and serial number. If you can’t find a label or it’s no longer legible, you can contact the manufacturer or a licensed HVAC technician to get the information.

Other Factors To Consider When Choosing a New System

In addition to the SEER rating, there are other factors to consider when choosing a new air conditioner or heat pump, such as the unit’s size, type, and features. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional HVAC technician who can help you select the best option for your comfort needs and budget.

Trust Campbell & Company With Your HVAC Upgrades


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The 2023 SEER rating changes will have an impact on homeowners who are looking to install a new air conditioner or heat pump. By understanding these updates, you can make informed decisions about your HVAC system and ensure that your home remains as comfortable and efficient as possible.

If you’re looking to replace the AC or heat pump system in your Washington home, Campbell & Company is here to help. We proudly offer a broad variety of top-quality AC and heat pump systems — all in compliance with the SEER2 rating changes. Our team can help you choose the best equipment for you based on your home size, comfort preferences, and budget needs.

Request a free HVAC installation estimate by calling us at 509-545-9848 today!

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