Changes in the HVAC Industry

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Changes in HVAC

 We are well into 2023, which means that SEER2 regulations and other changes in the HVAC industry are underway. With new supply demands and efficiency standards, it is essential that homeowners are aware of the changes that they should expect.  


What exactly is SEER2?

You may have heard your technician refer to the unit’s SEER the last time you purchased an HVAC unit. SEER is an acronym for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” and is a standard for gauging an air conditioner’s efficiency. The standards for SEER were established many years ago; however, the Department of Energy determined SEER2 guidelines would be better at aligning AC efficiency ratings with real-world operating conditions.


What does this mean for you? The main impact this has on homeowners is new air conditioners will be more expensive due to the manufacturing price of a more efficient system. However, it is important to note that even though you may be paying more upfront, you will increase your long-term energy savings. The more efficient your unit is, the less you will have to pay to heat and cool your home over time.


Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Another recently implemented change is the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. This act incentivizes homeowners to install or upgrade heating and cooling systems to higher energy-efficient systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Similar to the new SEER2 regulations, this act aims to make more homes energy-efficient while lowering energy costs.


One of the major aspects of the Inflation Reduction Act is its tax credits. The Home Improvement Tax Credit is designed to encourage people to transition to equipment that relies on electricity rather than fossil fuels. This act can help homeowners reduce their tax bill through tax credits and rebates for energy-efficient windows, doors, water heaters, furnaces, and heating and cooling systems. So not only can you save a significant amount of money, but you are also contributing to a cleaner earth.


AC Today’s mission is to provide the best service and customer service even with these changes in the HVAC industry. We are constantly working to ensure our customers are well informed and confident regarding their heating and cooling. If you have any questions about how these changes may impact your home or would like to schedule an appointment with AC Today, call us at 941-751-2642.

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