2023: 3 Big Changes in the HVAC Industry

Eco-friendliness and efficiency are taking center stage in 2023 with the new government regulations. HVAC businesses should help homeowners buy the right equipment and set up proper installation and maintenance. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has raised the lowest efficiency standards for air conditioners and air-source heat pumps.

Implementation of new regulations will come along with price increases. Homeowners should be ready to pay more for new equipment by a margin of more than 15-20%. The third big change in the HVAC industry is using more modern HVAC technology like smart thermostats. Here’s more information about what you can expect in 2023.

1. Efficient and Eco-Friendly HVAC

According to the DOE, new SEER rating and testing requirements took effect on January 1, 2023. This directive increases efficiency by altering the minimum SEER rating. The transition from SEER 1 to SEER 2 increases the minimum ratio from 13 to 14 in the northern states and 14 to 15 in the southern. SEER measures the cooling output of the air conditioner compared to the electrical energy consumed. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the efficiency levels.

The SEER 2 standard will measure and indicate the total heat removed from a specific space against the energy consumed. In 2023, the DOE requires all HVAC equipment, including heat pumps and AC condensers, to display their SEER rating on the packaging. All heat pumps must include an HSPF rating of 8.8, raised from 8.2. This will give consumers a better estimate of their potential energy usage when shopping for their HVAC units.

The government, through the DOE, will not require homeowners to replace their old heat pumps in 2023. However, since only the new equipment will be available on the market, the replacement cost will increase. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), homeowners will no longer use hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) or R-410a refrigerants. These refrigerants have a high global warming potential that could harm the environment in case of leakage. The EPA is phasing out their importation by 85% over the next 15 years from 2023. All refrigerants must include a new cooling system with a low potential for global warming.

2. The Economy and Cost of HVAC Systems

Over the last two years, consumers have met the pressure of increasing prices due to super-high inflation and a labor shortage. With inflation and rising energy costs, the prices of HVAC systems will continue to rise. However, the costs are also associated with the high cost of manufacturing. The manufacturers are scrambling to ensure their equipment meets the new requirements.

It’s recommended to contact an HVAC company for installation and repairs. Professionals can identify the products that meet the new regulations. Furthermore, they have the expertise required to install these systems safely. For greater efficiency, they will help you to select the correct size of equipment for your household.

3. Smart HVAC Thermostats

Among the changes the HVAC industry faces in 2023 is the increasing technology uptake. The industry is experiencing a rapid shift in installations, maintenance, and upgrades. The popularity of new items like smart thermostats is picking pace with its attributions to the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Homeowners across the country are embracing technology to lower their carbon footprint. Smart thermostats will become part of the HVAC equipment in many homes throughout 2023. This change will positively impact the homeowners’ wellness. The equipment has the potential to collect data and turn it into actionable insights. The smart thermostats can automatically trigger service calls and alerts. However, new installations come at a cost, but the end user will have a system that does not require their input for efficiency.

One of the trends that might also pick up in 2023 is digital zoning. Zoning has benefits like lower energy bills and increased efficiency of HVAC systems. As the cost of energy increases, homeowners will find alternative ways of saving money. Digital zoning relies on connected devices to boost efficiency through over-the-air software enhancement. With smart vents, the airflow levels vary as opposed to open and closed damper zones. Homeowners should go for maximum control and efficiency gains in 2023.

You can rely on Markool Heating & Cooling for all of your heating and cooling needs for installation, repair, and maintenance. Our trained technicians also offer a wide range of indoor air quality services, including for air purifiers, air scrubbers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, UV lights, and VRF/ERV systems. Additionally, we provide commercial HVAC services, including property management, remodels, refrigeration, and maintenance. We strive to deliver a high standard of service and expertise for our clients in the Frederick, MD area. To learn more about the big upcoming changes in the HVAC industry, contact Markool Heating & Cooling today.

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