New Changes to HVAC Systems Rating in Nevada
On January 1st, 2015, a new Federal Regulation went into effect that raised the minimum SEER efficiency rating for air conditioning heat pumps and central air condition units. These regulation effects home owners across the nation, especially in Arizona, where split-system air conditioners installed after January 1st, 2015 have to meet applicable SEER requirements.
A Little History behind the SEER Rating Standard
The SEER Rating Standard is a measurement of energy efficiency of HVAC systems, and was created by the US Department of Energy in 2008. The minimum SEER standards differ by state for HVAC systems depending on temperatures and weather conditions. Because of this, Arizona and other Southwestern States have had their SEER rating minimum raised to 14 on Packaged Unit Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems, as well as split systems.
Why Does the Government Regulate HVAC Efficiency?
Federally regulated SEER efficiency ratings insure that consumers have a continuously higher quality of life. Increasing efficiency minimums of HVAC systems insures that installation and running costs are cut down for home owners, and provide them with the best comfort possible. Not to mention that raising the minimum efficiency of HVAC systems across the nation will lower the costs of natural resources as well as lower their depletion rates.
The SEER rating actually stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This ratio is calculated by dividing the output of a unit, such as its cooling ability, by the amount of energy that it has to use. Higher SEER ratios indicate that less energy is required to run a unit, and this is based on the market and the average energy ratings.
The most recent IECC agreement has energy requirements for three different portions of the U.S., which are the Northern, Southeast, and Southwest states. In fact, the regulations that went into effect in 2015 were the first regulations to be split across geographic portions. The great part for home owners about splitting the SEER rating standards is that some in the north won’t require as effective cooling units, while people in the south will require them. This makes it easier to keep HVAC costs lower for everyone across the nation.
What Happens if I My HVAC System Doesn’t Meet the Rating?
Many Federal Regulations of such a scale, such as raising the minimum ratings of HVAC systems, have a grace period to begin complying with it. With this SEER Rating Standards regulation, distributors and dealers will continue to be allowed to sell and install units that don’t meet the Federal Standard for another 18 months from when it was passed.
Although installing an HVAC system below 14 is possible and legal until the grace period runs out, it is not recommended since they are already outdated in terms of efficiency. Running an inefficient HVAC system for years and years often exceed the running costs of investing in an effective unit from the start. Furthermore, some HVAC technicians continue to install older systems to get rid of their inventory, so it’s extremely important to ask for the SEER Ratings of any system they install.
The Importance of SEER Rating Component Matching
Contractors use different components, sometimes even ranging across different manufacturers, so it’s extremely important to match components that will pass the rating. Missing rating standards on HVAC systems can cause various problems ranging from condensation to lower efficiency.
To help insure that home owners get the best rating possible from their systems, licensed contractors in Las Vegas use the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute directory to match indoor and outdoor components. This database allows searching for model numbers of units that can be matched together to find the most efficient combination.
Las Vegas HVAC System Cost Difference
As with all higher-end systems, higher efficiency ones will also come with a higher price. The good news however, is that the savings efficient systems provide pay for themselves within a few years. Better systems not only have higher efficiency that meets the new SEER ratings.
Benefits of Hiring a Licensed HVAC Contractor
Unlicensed contractors aren’t required to stay in touch with recent regulations and their knowledge and skills are also unproven. When it comes to keeping your home running in tip-top condition, as well as not having your HVAC system’s warranty voided by incorrect installation, it’s beneficial to hire a licensed HVAC contractor.
At A Tech Heating and Cooling we are familiar with all of the HVAC regulations in Nevada and are ready to pass on the efficiency savings to you, which will pay back for years and years.
To hire a licensed and insured contractor in Las Vegas, give us a call at 702-489-5500. We can help you further with the SEER Ratings when it comes to picking to units, as well as installing and troubleshooting them.