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The cost of new HVAC units is about to rise – a lot


On Jan. 1, 2023, the cost of new heating and cooling units is about to rise significantly because of new efficiency ratings put in place by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

The DOE is increasing the minimum efficiency ratings for central air conditioners, gas furnaces, heat pumps and more. This requires new units to have a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) to lower energy costs for consumers and decrease carbon emissions.

In Ohio, the minimum efficiency will increase from 13.0 to 14.0 SEER under today’s test procedure. Likewise, the national heat pump minimum efficiency will increase from 14.0 to 15.0 SEER.

According to, “residential central air systems below 45,000 BTU (British Thermal Units) must have a SEER2 rating of 13.4 (14.0 SEER). Residential central air systems 45,000 BTU and above must have a SEER2 rating of 13.4 (14.0 SEER) as well. In addition, heat pumps in any region must meet 14.3 SEER2 (15.0 SEER) and 7.5 HSPF2 (8.8 HSPF) requirements.

The following products will be affected by SEER2 Regulations

  • Air Conditioner Condensing Units
  • Heat Pumps
  • Single Packaged Units
  • Evaporator Coils
  • Gas Furnaces

What the new SEER standard means for you

A good energy rating can be a major purchasing factor in selecting a new energy-efficient AC unit or furnace. As the SEER rating goes up, the more you can save on electricity over a season. 

That said, while you will save in the long run, new units made and installed after Jan. 1, 2023, will have a significant rise in cost in order to meet these new standards.

It’s important to note that you do not have to replace your existing unit if it has a SEER rating below the 2023 standard.

“So if you have a heating or cooling project that requires a new unit, you might consider getting that project scheduled before 2023 to save quite a bit of money upfront before the new SEER rating takes effect,” owner of Max Air Comfort Max Nieves suggests. “We also have several financing offers to make sure you get into the system you need.”

There are several other factors to take into consideration when it’s time to upgrade your unit. That’s why it’s best to discuss a strategy with an HVAC professional, who can suggest the right equipment for your home, including BTUs, your home size, your insulation, and more.

For a consultation in Berea, Strongsville, Brook Park, Olmsted Falls, Westlake, or anywhere else in Northeast Ohio, trust the 5-star experts at Max Air Comfort for fair, honest pricing and service unlike any other. 

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