Technology continues to progress in a number of different industries, including the HVAC industry. New HVAC technology is being worked on and improved to make equipment more efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly.

In our most recent blog, the heating and cooling professionals at A-1 Mechanical, the leader in HVAC services in the Grand Rapids and Lansing areas, discuss some of these changes and how they may affect you.

What Changes Are Coming in 2023?

The regulations that will be enacted across the HVAC industry in 2023 are aimed at improving the environment in the long run. New HVAC technology will replace less-efficient and traditional HVAC systems that use more energy.

The upcoming regulations effective as of January 2023, are as follows:

Minimum Efficiency Changes

  • Air conditioners. The minimum SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating for air conditioners in northern states, including Michigan, will increase from 13 to 14.
  • Heat pumps. The national minimum SEER rating for air-source heat pumps will increase from 14 to 15 SEER. The minimum heating efficiency of heat pumps will also increase, from 8.2 HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) to 8.8 HSPF.
  • Furnace. A minimum furnace AFUE rating of 81% will be required for all regions.

New Testing Procedures for HVAC Systems

Starting in 2023, a new testing procedure for developing efficiency ratings for HVAC equipment will be implemented. Instead of using SEER, EER, and HSPF, the new values will be SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.

In northern states, a minimum SEER2 rating of 13.4 SEER2 (or 15.0 SEER) will be required for all split AC systems. For heat pump systems, the new efficiency standard will increase to 14.3 SEER2 (the equivalent of 15 SEER) for cooling, and a 7.5 HSPF2, or the equivalent of 8.8 HSPF, for heating purposes.

Packaged systems, meanwhile, won’t see an increase in minimum energy requirements, but they will have new HSPF2 and SEER2 testing protocols. This includes a 6.7 HSPF2 and a 13.4 SEER2, or an 8 HSPF and a 14 SEER.

How Do These Changes Affect Me?

When large-scale changes are made to HVAC system regulations, almost everyone is affected by the switch.

If you own and operate rental properties, you will want to get on top of these changes fast. In 2023, the prices of these HVAC products will increase. This is why we recommend replacing your equipment in 2022 before we begin to experience a price increase that comes with the regulation changes.

By providing you with this information, we hope that you are able to take care of any necessary changes that need to be made to your home or business’ HVAC equipment. You can also use this information to let others know that changes are coming that may affect them.

Contact A-1 Mechanical Today

If you have questions or concerns about how the 2023 HVAC product changes may affect you or your business, give us a call today!