INTRODUCING SEER2 – A NEW STANDARD FOR A NEW TEST
Increased efficiency ratings are nothing new. However, revised testing procedures are less common and have added another level of complexity. As of January 1, 2023, all new air conditioner and heat pump products sold and installed in the U.S. will be labeled with SEER2 cooling efficiency rating. A SEER2 efficiency rating indicates that a product complies with the new Department of Energy testing procedures.
SEER2 is simply the latest version of the pre-2023 industry standard SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Much like miles-per-gallon for a car, SEER and SEER2 offer an easy way to compare efficiencies of different products – the higher the SEER or SEER2, the more efficient the unit. Just be sure you are comparing either SEER vs SEER or SEER2 vs SEER2. Once an air conditioner or heat pump is installed, the SEER2 rating should be easy to locate – it will be displayed on the bright yellow EnergyGuide label on the unit.