|Posted by AC Contractor on August 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM|
We have yet to hear from many HVAC manufacturers regarding their plans for the new federal minimum efficiency levels until today. We received this noticed from Carrier:
Dear Valued Customers,
As we are all aware, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 provided for the next round of government regulated standard efficiencies allowed for air conditioners sold in the United States. These new standards will go into effect on January 1, 2015. What is unique about these new efficiency standards is that they have allowed for different standards for various parts of the country. Please find set forth below a summary of the new regulations:
Southeastern States: Included are Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Maryland, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Delaware, Arkansas and Florida. Minimum efficiency goes to 14 SEER for both air conditioning and heat pumps and 8.2 HSPF for heat pumps.
Southwestern States: Included are California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. Minimum efficiency also goes to 14 SEER for air conditioning, but there is a new standard for EER that will call for 12.2 EER for system for less than 45,000 BTUH and 11.7 EER for systems over 45,000 BTUH. Heat pumps require national standard of 14 SEER and 8.2 HSPF.
Northern States: Includes the remaining states. Minimum 13 SEER air conditioning remains the standard, but heat pumps go to 14 SEER and 8.2 HSPF.
An 18 month grace period is being provided which allows for 13 SEER AC products to be bought, sold and installed in the South and Southwest regions through July 1, 2016 as long as the units are manufactured prior to January 1, 2015. Accordingly, in order to meet the deadline of manufacturing these 13 SEER AC products prior to the end of 2014, Carrier Corp. has provided a deadline of August 21, 2014 as the last order date for 2014 13 SEER products.
In that there is a likelihood of a price increase in 2015 due to the increased efficiency requirements, this is an opportunity for you to protect your 13 SEER business by pre-buying equipment for your 2015 needs.
Again, order for 13 SEER equipment need to be placed by August 21st and delivery must be taken by December 31st. Your account must be current at the time of order and time of delivery. We will not have the warehouse space to store our possible 13 SEER and 14 SEER needs in 2015. These orders, once placed, are non-cancellable and non-returnable. Your account may be eligible for terms depending on the size and the order and the accounts credit status.
Because of uncertainty in factory demands and production capacity, all orders will be filled on a first order, first delivery basis. We urge you to consider what your possible needs may be for early 2015 business.
At Melo Air, we will continue to keep you up to date with the developments around the new federal minimum efficiency increase for HVAC equipment.