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New Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps Are Costing More in 2023: Here’s Why

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On January 1, 2023, the Department of Energy (DOE) implemented new minimum efficiency standards for air conditioners and heat pumps. The change is meant to help reduce energy consumption across America. But what does this mean for you? Let’s look at the changes, how they affect AC and heat pump costs, and what homeowners can do to ensure their current AC or heat pump runs for as long as possible.

What’s Changing?

The DOE increased its minimum efficiency requirements for all air conditioners and heat pumps starting in 2023. These updated efficiency designations are called SEER2 and EER2 (replacing the outgoing SEER and EER designations).

In addition to the new efficiency requirements, the DOE is introducing stricter testing requirements for AC and heat pump manufacturers. These tests are designed to ensure that the equipment meets or exceeds all standards set by the agency.

To pass these tests, manufacturers must invest in additional resources—such as materials, new assembly lines, labor costs, and testing facilities. This leads to an increase in system prices for contractors, home builders, and consumers.

What Does This Mean For You?

As a homeowner with an existing AC or heat pump system installed before 2023, you won't need to worry about buying a new one until it’s time to replace your current system due to age or wear and tear. However, you must keep up with regular maintenance on your current system to get as much life out of it as possible before eventually needing a replacement.

Annual maintenance helps keep your system running efficiently and prevents common problems from occurring that could lead to expensive repairs down the line. It can also give you more time to budget for the higher price of a new system.

Heat Pump and Air Conditioning Service in Milford, CT

If you are looking for air conditioning or heat pump services in the Milford, CT area, look no further than the experts at Tri-City Heating and Cooling. Our team of certified technicians provides a full range of HVAC solutions, from installation and repair to routine maintenance. Call us today to learn more: (203) 303-5700.