2023 Minimum HVAC SEER Ratings in Florida
New Florida Energy Efficiency Regulations Will Impact HVAC Systems
It’s important in Palm Beach County to have an air conditioning system that works effectively to keep your home cool while using as little energy as possible. SEER ratings are a way to gauge the performance of different AC units.
You should familiarize yourself with the 2023 changes to SEER requirements and Florida AC laws that may affect future upgrades to the air conditioning system in your Florida home.
What’s a SEER Rating & How Does It Affect My HVAC Equipment?
The SEER rating, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, describes the average performance of an air conditioner over a cooling season. A higher SEER rating indicates greater efficiency and less electricity per BTU cooling output.
The previous minimum SEER for air conditioners and heat pumps in Florida was 14 SEER, and the most efficient models on the market are rated at 20 SEER and above.
On Jan. 1, 2023, minimum SEER ratings increased throughout Florida and the U.S., so if you have an older AC and are due for an air conditioning replacement in the next few months, it may be best to choose a system that meets or exceeds the new SEER ratings. This ensures your home complies with the new code requirements while minimizing energy costs.
What Are the New SEER Regulations for Homes in Florida?
As of January 2023, all new central air conditioning systems and heat pumps installed in Florida must be at least 15 SEER or above. Single-packaged air conditioners must be 14 SEER or above. Any HVAC system installed after Jan. 1 must meet these ratings, which will mean slightly higher upfront costs for homeowners but lower energy bills in the long run.
A new rating system is also being introduced: the SEER2. Designed to more accurately reflect real-world AC performance, SEER2 features new AC testing requirements with increased static pressure that better compares efficiency between systems.
Under these standards, an AC rated at 15 SEER would have a SEER2 rating of about 14.3. Similarly, a system rated at 14 SEER would have a SEER2 rating of 13.4.
New systems for 2023 must meet the updated 2023 SEER ratings for installation, not the more stringent SEER2 ratings.
Trust Hopkins Air Conditioning for HVAC Services in Palm Beach County
When you want the most energy-efficient HVAC options for your Palm Beach home, turn to Hopkins Air Conditioning. Our company has served Florida homeowners since 1988. We offer top-quality, custom-engineered air conditioning solutions tailored to your home’s needs and flexible financing options to make the installation as convenient as possible.
We’re a family-owned company with over 45 years of industry experience. We feature NATE- and NCI-certified technicians, exceptional customer service experience, and a whole-home approach to heating and cooling services that will leave your house more comfortable and efficient.
Make sure your Palm Beach County home is updated with the new SEER standards.
Schedule air conditioning installation or replacement today by calling (561) 656-4870 or contacting our team online.