What Are The Latest HVAC Efficiency Standards

The HVAC industry has changed greatly in the last few years and it is important to keep up with the trend.  It is vital for your home and business to be aware of HVAC regulatory changes projected for the next year. We have compiled a list of some of the latest trends:

HVAC Efficiency Standards – New residential central air conditioning systems and heat pumps have had to meet tougher standards in recent years, depending on the location of the home. Homeowners in the warmer Southern states saw the minimum rating increased from13 SEER to 14 SEER.  

The most significant change regarding the new regulations involved all split-system heat pumps. All regions will move from 13 SEER and 7.7 HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) to the new national heat pump efficiency minimum of 14 SEER and 8.2 HSPF.

It is important to be aware of how the law will be enforced to understand how the older units still remaining are being phased out and to ensure that the new higher efficiency units are being installed in the South and Southwest regions. There will be fines, so you should make sure you understand how you should comply.  For more information on the NOR visit: http://www.regu lations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EERE-2011-BT-CE-0077-0092.

Refrigerants – As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently increased its push to phase out HFC refrigerants, namely R404A and R22.  This proposed legislation will have a significant impact on all commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers, HVAC contractors and operators who use this equipment. For more information about this visit: http://www.epa.gov/snap/608-proposal.

Innovative Products & Technologies- The HVAC industry has recently become one of the fastest growing technology sectors. HVAC manufacturers are forced to design innovative HVAC equipment that complies with ever-changing energy standards.

Smart Technology for Contractors & Customers – Internet technology enables HVAC technicians to automate their service and sales process, while home and business owners can utilize the highly efficient smart thermostats, Home Automation platforms, smart ventilation systems, and smart phone applications that help them manage their home energy use, security and more.

HVAC Service and Maintenance goes Mobile – Using simplistic connect on demand software enables HVAC technicians to manage day-to-day business.  Mobile applications will ensure that installations of new HVAC units are placed on a more efficient reliable preventative maintenance program.

 A Reese technician will be happy to help to assist you with purchasing a new HVAC system that meets the new efficiency standards.  Reese Services can install, repair and service your HVAC system in your home or business.  If you need to renew or set up a service agreement you can do so online.