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What You Need to Know about DOE Efficiency Standards

Department of Energy

Where you live in the USA has an impact on the HVAC products you can install in your home. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has placed minimum energy efficiency standards on the appliances and equipment we use at home every day. This includes air conditioners, washers and dryers, refrigerators and more.

These standards are helping us save energy at home, as well as money on utility bills. They work so well that a 2017 report from the Consumer Federation of America showed that these standards have saved consumers over $1 trillion dollars.

Florida is in the designated Southeast Region for DOE efficiency standards purposes. For the commonly used split system air conditioning, the minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating is 14. That same 14 SEER rating applies for split systems with heat pumps.

The SEER rating is the ratio of the total heat removed from the conditioned space during the annual cooling season divided by the total electrical energy consumed by the air conditioner during the same season. So, the higher the SEER rating, the less electricity your air conditioner uses to cool your home. Purchasing an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating could be more expensive up front, but save you more money on your electricity bill over time.

Balancing the cost of a system with a higher SEER rating vs the impact on utility costs can be tricky – especially in areas with variable time-of-day electrical rates. Contact Us for an evaluation of your home’s heating and cooling needs. We can help you to select the best combination of performance and efficiency to keep your family and wallet comfortable year-round.

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