As of January 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy recently raised its minimum standards for HVAC systems in the South and Southwest regions. By using products that adhere to these new standards, you can decrease your heating and cooling costs during peak seasons, as well as lower your property’s impact on the environment. The new minimum standards increase the acceptable SEER ratings for complete HVAC systems from 13 to 14 in the South and Southwest areas of the U.S., as well as increase the SEER ratings for heat pumps nationally to 14.
Also, the Environmental Protection Agency has released the official 2015-2019 Allocation Rule, which will govern the phase-down of R-22. The aggressive plan will mean R-22 production is phased out by 2020.
But what do these new laws mean for homeowners with old air conditioning units? This means that if your system is utilizing R-22, then every future repair will be more costly than the last as refrigerant prices skyrocket and replacement and repair parts become harder to find. Repairing existing R-22 systems will become cost prohibitive and you can actually take advantage of money savings by replacing your system with a more efficient one that will reduce your monthly electricity bills. Call the Cool guys for all your heating & AC installation needs.