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HVAC Energy Efficiency Standards

Federal Standards for Energy Efficiency

HD Supply can help you comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) standards for energy efficiency levels on air conditioners and heat pumps.

The DOE's amendment to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015 are required to be 14 SEER in all regions
  • Split air conditioners manufactured after January 1, 2015 must be:
    • 13 SEER in the North Region
    • 14 SEER in the Southeast Region
    • 14 SEER and 12.2/11.7 EER in the Southwest Region
New Federal Standards for Energy Efficiency by Region

Energy Standard Changes by Region:

  • Southeast Region: Units manufactured after January 1, 2015 are required to be 14 SEER for split air conditioners.
  • Southwest Region: Units manufactured after January 1, 2015 are required to be 14 SEER/12.2 EER (1.0-3.5 Ton) and 14 SEER/11.7 EER (4.0-5.0 Ton) for split air conditioners.
  • All Regions: Heat pumps and packaged units are required to be 14 SEER.

Federal minimum energy efficiency standards across the U.S.

Federal Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Across the U.S.
System Type North Region Southeast Region Southwest Region
Split A/C 13 SEER 14 SEER 14 SEER/12.2 EER < 45,000 Btu/Hr
14 SEER/11.7 EER ≥ 45,000 Btu/Hr
Split Heat Pumps 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF
Packaged Units 14 SEER/8.0 HSPF 14 SEER/8.0 HSPF 14 SEER/11.0 EER/8.0 HSPF
Gas-Pack 14 SEER/81% AFUE 14 SEER/81% AFUE 14 SEER/81% AFUE
Gas Furnaces 90% AFUE 80% AFUE 80% AFUE

SEER = Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating; EER = Energy Efficiency Rating; HSPF = Heating Seasonal Performance Factor; AFUE = Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

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Notice: This information is only a summary of the DOE's direct final rule to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. It is for general reference only. For specific compliance requirements and updates, please refer to the actual code language from the Department of Energy or consult legal counsel.


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