New Air Conditioning Regulation Set to Affect Southern States

WACO, Texas (March 25, 2015) – A new government mandate for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings of air conditioners in the southern parts of the U.S. has gone into effect. The regulation mandates that air conditioning units installed after Jan. 1, 2015, meet new government guidelines for efficiency. Aire Serv heating and air conditioning explains what this means for homeowners and who is affected by the new regulations.

The new regulation will govern the SEER rating of an air conditioning unit. By regulation, all newly installed air conditioning units must meet a SEER requirement of 14 in the affected regions. Homeowners should know, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the air conditioner.

“The new guidelines will have a greater effect on the southern states because they have a longer cooling period during the spring and summer,” said Doyle James, president of Aire Serv. “In a typical summer, the southern states have more cooling degree days, or days where homes and businesses will use the air conditioning systems for longer periods to cool buildings.”

With this regulation, home and business owners can expect to see more efficient HVAC units being produced. Like advanced technology found in the automobile industry, the HVAC industry has worked to make the HVAC systems more efficient, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the environment.

“This regulation is a very positive change for everyone involved,” said James. “With many houses, two-thirds of the utility bill is from the cooling and heating systems. With the new regulation, homeowners will be running the air conditioner a lot less due to it being more efficient, thereby reducing their utility bill and the impact air conditioners have on the environment.”

The age of the air conditioning unit can help determine its SEER rating, and older systems can actually see a decline in the effective SEER rating if the system is not maintained or as some components start to wear out. It is possible in some cases to see what the system’s initial SEER rating was by looking up the model number online, or by contacting a service professional. New Energy Star rated units must have at least a 14.5 SEER rating.

For more information on the new SEER ratings contact an Aire Serv location near you. To learn more about SEER rating regulation, click here.