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Understanding regional
energy-efficiency standards

On January 1, 2015, federal minimum energy-efficiency standards for residential air conditioners, heat pumps and package units went into effect. For the first time, efficiency requirements for these products are based upon the state (region) where they are installed.

Requirements by region

Region Map

NORTH

  • Air Conditioners — 13 SEER
  • Heat Pumps — 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF
  • Package Air Conditioners/Gas Electric — 14 SEER/81% AFUE
  • Package Heat Pumps/Dual Fuel — 14 SEER/8.0 HSPF/81% AFUE

SOUTHWEST

  • Air Conditioners — 14 SEER/12.2 EER (<45 BTU/h) 14 SEER/11.7 EER (>45K BTU/h)
  • Heat Pumps — 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF
  • Package Air Conditioners/Gas Electric — 14 SEER/11.0 EER/81% AFUE
  • Package Heat Pumps/Dual Fuel — 14 SEER/ 8.0 HSPF/81% AFUE

SOUTHEAST

  • Air Conditioners — 14 SEER
  • Heat Pumps — 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF
  • Package Air Conditioners/Gas Electric — 14 SEER/ 81% AFUE
  • Package Heat Pumps/Dual Fuel — 14 SEER/8.0 HSPF/81% AFUE

For cooling units manufactured on or after January 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy has changed the minimum efficiency from 13 SEER to 14 SEER for equipment installed in the Southeast and Southwest regions. For the North, heat pumps must be a minimum of 14 SEER, but 13 SEER split air conditioners can still be legally installed.

A limited quantity of 13 SEER cooling units manufactured before January 1, 2015 can still be legally installed in all regions for at least the next 18 months.

If you have any questions about requirements and terms, or need help finding the product that’s best for you, contact your AirEase dealer.

Big benefits from higher standards

The higher the efficiency rating, the more money you can potentially save. Switching to high-efficiency cooling equipment can help you lower your monthly utility bills. Efficient products can also increase the resale value of your home. Don’t forget to ask your dealer about government and utility incentives and rebates for high-efficiency products installed in your area.

AirEase® products are built for life. Yours.

AirEase offers cooling products with efficiencies as high as 18.00 SEER. All units are built to deliver performance you can count on for years to come.