HVAC changes affecting consumers
The Department of Energy (DOE) will have some strict standards over the next decade with HVAC changes affecting consumers. Naturally, the upgrades in energy-efficient HVAC systems will send some shockwaves through the HVAC industry. But, in the long term, homeowners and business owners will benefit. What HVAC distributors, contractors and consumers want to know is how the changes will affect the initial product and installation costs of the new HVAC systems. Efficiency does NOT come cheap. The first wave of technology will most likely bring higher price tags.
Still, HVAC manufacturers remain optimistic that the new systems will be seen as a smart investment because they will meet both the short term and long term needs of homeowners and business owners. The DOE rooftop efficiency regulations will definitely impact the industry. Talks with customers are ongoing to understand their needs and how modulation solutions can help achieve higher efficiencies with enhanced comfort benefits in both their homes and businesses.
It has been a heavy lift for manufacturers to completely revamp their units to meet the new efficiency levels. Many of them are working hard to ensure they do so in a timely fashion. Many of the regulations go into place between 2018 and 2023.
The biggest impact is on the manufacturer who has to ensure that all of their products meet the new minimum efficiency levels. The next biggest impact will be on utilities because they will have to adjust their programs and savings calculations. It gets harder for them to develop new efficiency programs and show savings when the minimum efficiency bar keeps getting higher.
Currently, living in South Carolina, you must purchase a new HVAC system with a minimum of 14 SEER. No dates have been determined when that will rise to 15 SEER, although they are expecting it to be some time by 2023.