What is SEER?

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If you have an air conditioner (AC) or heat pump in your Fountain Hills home, it is essential to understand the changes in efficiency standards that have taken place—especially if you are considering an upgrade.

No matter your heating and cooling needs or concerns, Mason Pro Services has you covered! And we don’t stop there—we are your one-stop shop, offering plumbing and electrical services as well in Arizona.

What Exactly Is SEER2?

SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, has long been the standard for measuring air conditioning efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) raised the minimum efficiency requirements for central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps in 2023. Effective January 1, 2023, all AC systems sold in the U.S. must meet these updated efficiency requirements.

The goal is to ensure that HVAC units are more energy-efficient, reducing electricity usage and the carbon footprint of homes.

While the new standards are good news for homeowners looking to be more environmentally friendly and save on energy costs, these enhanced systems come with higher initial price tags. Act now and upgrade your current cooling unit to avoid any further price increases in 2024!

Refrigerant Changes

Another significant change that occurred this year was the government’s decision to phase out R-410a, a common refrigerant used in residential cooling systems.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is leading this effort to reduce the environmental impact of HVAC systems. The new refrigerant, R-454b, which will replace R-410a, has a lower global warming potential, making it a more sustainable choice. While it is mildly flammable, our seasoned and trained Mason Pro Services professionals know how to handle it safely and effectively.

How These Changes Affect You and Your Current HVAC System

If your current cooling system uses R-410a, there is no immediate need for concern. R-410a will continue to be available for repairs for several decades. However, as we move forward, the cost of this refrigerant may increase.

With SEER2, customers can expect more accurate and stringent efficiency testing for air conditioners and heat pumps, leading to the availability of units that are more cost-effective in the long run due to reduced energy consumption.

While this may mean a higher initial investment in newer, more efficient models, the long-term savings on utility bills and the positive environmental impact make SEER2-compliant systems a smart and sustainable choice for consumers.

Why Upgrade Your HVAC System Now?

Upgrading to a high-efficiency system today can lead to immediate savings on utility bills. With the recent changes this year, purchasing costs for these efficient models are likely to be more favorable now than next year. That means if your air conditioner or heat pump is at the end of its useful service life, upgrade now before any industry-wide price adjustments occur.

Call Your HVAC Experts at Mason Pro Services

At Mason Pro Services, we are committed to keeping our customers in Fountain Hills, AZ, and the surrounding areas informed and prepared. For home solutions you can trust, look to our team of experts—we are here to assist you! Call us at (602) 680-5086 or request service online.

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