New Government HVAC Regulations Coming in 2023
Every six years, the Department of Energy (DOE) analyzes the effect of energy usage and sets minimum efficiency requirements. In 2018, the DOE started the first phase of a six-year plan, requiring a 13% increase in energy efficiency for commercial packaged air conditioners, heat pumps and split systems.
The second phase of this plan will start next year, on January 1, 2023. At that time, all commercial air conditioning and heat pump equipment from 65,000 btu/h to 760,000 btu/h will require an additional 15% efficiency increase from the existing ratings set in 2018.
In addition to the energy increase requirements, there will also be more stringent testing procedures for commercial equipment manufactured after January 1, 2023.
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As of January 1, 2023, lower SEER systems cannot be manufactured and/or installed. Specifically, the new minimum efficiency standards for air conditioners will follow the regional borders established in 2015: North, Southeast and Southwest. For air conditioners in the North, the minimum efficiency will increase from 13.0 to 14.0 SEER, and in the South from 14.0 to 15.0 SEER.
Additionally, the heat pump minimum efficiency is set to increase from 14.0 to 15.0 SEER. An increase in air-source heat pumps’ efficiency is also required. This is measured by the pump’s heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). The minimum HSPF will be 8.8 HSPF rather than the current 8.2 HSPF standard.
If a dealer or contractor installs non-compliant equipment, if a distributor supplies non-compliant equipment, or if a manufacturer knowingly sells non-compliant equipment, there can be non-compliance consequences. HVAC professionals can avoid accidental non-compliance by knowing the DOE regulations and by keeping accurate, up-to-date records.
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Sources: HVACinformed.com; Forbes Business Council (Karl Pomeroy)