Seer2 stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is a measure of the cooling output of an air conditioner or heat pump over a typical cooling season, divided by the energy it consumed in Watt-hours. In simpler terms, it’s a rating that indicates how efficient an HVAC system is at converting electricity into cooling.
For many consumers, Seer2 is having a significant impact on their HVAC experience. The higher the Seer2 rating, the more energy-efficient the system, which means lower utility bills and a smaller environmental footprint. Additionally, many states and utilities offer rebates or incentives for choosing high Seer2 rated systems, further reducing the upfront cost of installation.
But what does this mean for the HVAC industry as a whole? As consumers become more environmentally conscious and energy-efficient, demand for high Seer2 systems will continue to grow. HVAC manufacturers are responding to this trend by investing in research and development to create systems that are not only highly efficient but also affordable and reliable.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as of January 2023, all new air conditioning units sold in the United States must have a minimum Seer2 rating of 14. This is a significant increase from the current minimum of 13 and is expected to further drive demand for energy-efficient HVAC systems.
We also need to consider what impact Seer2 is having on installation practices. Higher Seer2 rated systems often require different ductwork installations, refrigerant lines, and electrical wiring than previous models. As contractors, we need to ensure we’re properly trained on installing these systems to maximize their efficiency and lifespan. We also need to factor in potential utility rebates, tax incentives and warranties when helping customers decide which system would work best for them.
Overall, Seer2 is a crucial factor to consider when choosing an HVAC system, both for consumers and the industry. As demand for energy-efficient systems continues to grow, manufacturers will need to continue investing in research and development to meet consumer needs, while contractors will need to stay up-to-date on the latest installation practices and code requirements. Ultimately, Seer2 is leading the way toward a more sustainable and cost-effective HVAC system.