The New Standard in High Efficiency

Higher SEER Requirements from 2006

Like many consumer products that use energy, air conditioners and heat pumps are manufactured to meet or exceed minimum efficiency standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy. After nearly a decade with 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) as the minimum efficiency, on January 23, 2006, the mandated SEER increased to 13.

SEER RATING CHART:

For every $100 spent to cool your home using an 8 SEER air conditioner, a 14 SEER air conditioner should cost you approximately $57. Actual savings will depend on the efficiency of your current system compared to the efficiency of a new system.

For every $100 spent to cool your home using an 8 SEER air conditioner, a 14 SEER air conditioner should cost you approximately $57. Actual savings will depend on the efficiency of your current system compared to the efficiency of a new system.

Who will this affect?

The 13 SEER minimum applies to all new equipment manufactured on or after January 23, 2006. You may continue to use your current system indefinitely, even if it operates below 13 SEER, but when it’s time to replace your system, only 13 SEER or higher models will be available.

Higher SEER means cost-savings and energy efficiency

For many homeowners, a 13 SEER air conditioner or heat pump will save money on each month’s electric bill. Your actual savings will depend on the efficiency of your current system. For example, a 13 SEER product:

  • Delivers about 23% more energy savings than a 10 SEER model
  • Delivers about 8% more energy savings than a 12 SEER model

Actual savings will depend on the age, efficiency and condition of the unit being replaced, but if you are currently considering a new air conditioner or heat pump, it makes sense to start saving now with a 13 SEER product. Carrier offers several heat pumps and air conditioners that meet and exceed the 13 SEER requirement – even up to an industry high 21 SEER.

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