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New SEER2 Standards Impacting HVAC in California

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SEER2 Changes: What You Need To Know

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it measures how much energy a heating or cooling unit needs to do its job. In 2022, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and as part of this wide-ranging legislation, new SEER standards were set. These new standards are now called SEER2.

Changes to the SEER2 standards vary by region, but an overview of how it affects Oakley, CA, would be as follows:

The IRA also set money aside to incentivize the switch away from carbon-based energy to electric-based. A timeline provided by the US government clarifies that consumers and businesses will be able to access tax benefits from many of the law’s climate provisions on January 1, 2023.

Call 925-625-4963 today if you think you might be in the market to get new, SEER2-compliant HVAC equipment!

Why SEER Matters

Understanding the 2023 SEER Standards

The new SEER standards vary by region:

What Does SEER2 Mean?

In addition to the new SEER ratings, the HVAC industry now uses SEER2, which is calculated differently to better reflect real-world operating conditions. The SEER2 standards are tougher and are designed to give a more accurate picture of the unit’s energy efficiency.

How Will We Be Impacted By SEER Changes?

One of the biggest impacts will be the cost of new, compliant equipment. Prices for AC units that meet the new regulations have gone up by about 10%.

Fortunately, there are rebates and other financial incentives to help offset the cost of new equipment.

It’s important to note that the old (SEER 1) units are now illegal to install for both residential and commercial clients here in California. Unlike other regions of the country as described by the SEER guidance, any equipment that does not meet these new standards by January 1, 2023, cannot be sold or installed in this region no matter when it was manufactured.

What Is R-454?

Because of the ban on global warming refrigerants, (such as R-410a.) AC manufacturers need to move to a new refrigerant. R-454 and R-32 are the two of the options the industry is transitioning to. There is still some time before the old refrigerants will be completely eliminated, but that day is coming.

Selecting the Right SEER-Rated Unit

When choosing a new air conditioning system, consider:

Benefits of Upgrading to a Higher SEER System

Fairview Air’s SEER-Compliant Products

At Fairview Air, we offer a range of SEER-compliant air conditioning systems:




Fairview’s SEER2-Compliant Installation Process

Will Fairview Be Phasing Out Certain HVAC Systems This Year?

As of January 1, 2023, all of the SEER (1) equipment has been phased out. 

There are still a ton of amazing products available, though. On top of the rebates and incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act, Many of the new machines will cost you significantly less money to operate on a continuing basis!

Contact us today or call 925-625-4963 to find out how Fairview can help you best navigate these changes.

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