SEER2: Your Questions Answered

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At One Source Home Service, we know one thing: technology is always changing, especially the technology of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. And with those changes come changes in the various government regulations surrounding the operation and installation of HVAC systems. 

As Colorado Springs’ leading experts in all things HVAC, we do our best to stay on top of these regulations in order to deliver the highest quality services while staying within those regulations. In this article, we will cover one of the newest, upcoming changes: SEER2

FAQs About SEER2

We have been watching all the recent developments in SEER2, which is an update on SEER. Below we answer the most common questions that our customers will have about these important changes. If you have more pressing questions at any point, feel free to contact your local HVAC technician or One Source directly. 

What is SEER2? 

This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2. During the cooling season, this ratio measures how much heat an air conditioner removes from any air-conditioned space. The implementation of this ratio requires a special form of testing (M1) that ensures that the SEER2 ratio on your AC equipment is as low as possible. 

What Do These Changes Mean for Me?

It’s really hard to stay engaged in a conversation about these changes if you don’t know what they mean for the average AC user. Basically, the lower the SEER2 is, the better the efficiency of your HVAC system. This means that if you buy an HVAC unit with the implemented ratio, it will last you longer, and its energy expenditure will keep your energy bills at bay. However, this also means that the prices of HVAC units will increase due to the improved efficiency rates. 

How Does SEER2 Impact HVAC Prices?

As we already briefly mentioned, SEER2 will contribute to an increase in HVAC unit pricing. The additional testing explains this increase that the unit has to go through in order for it to qualify for installation. However, it does provide enhanced cooling at a better efficiency rate while also maintaining exceptional indoor air quality. Basically, the lower the SEER2, the more you will pay for your new unit. These changes will all go into effect starting January 1, 2023. 

SEER vs. SEER2

Up until this point, SEER has been a standard that HVAC units had to ensure that it is at an optimal efficiency rate. However, with the implementation of SEER2, this ratio is more than just a standard; it becomes a mandatory requirement that also employs the use of M1 testing. This new standard makes the rating much lower than SEER, at about 4.7% lower than what it used to be. 

Though this change does result in high HVAC unit pricing, it is important to remember that those increased prices will only impact the initial purchase and installation costs. Over the long haul, this improvement will save you money through the decrease in your monthly energy bills and increased longevity of your unit. 

How Does SEER2 Impact My Region? 

This new standard will impact Colorado Springs, the entire state, and all the current cooling systems offered on the market. Whether the unit you purchase complies with this new policy depends on the date it was manufactured. Colorado’s residents use various air conditioning options, including heat pumps, condensing units, single packaged units, and evaporator coils. 

Each cooling system will have its own required ratio. Regardless of the cooling product you purchase, if its manufacturing date was prior to January 1, 2023, it will most likely not be built with this new upgrade. As a result, their initial cost will be lower. However, it is important to consider the full ramifications of choosing a unit with a lower SEER2 or an older SEER rating. This will impact not just your wallet but the value of your home as well.  

Contact One Source for All SEER2 Questions

SEER2 isn’t all that simple to navigate but with the right HVAC expert, all your questions will be answered. If you’re in the market for a new HVAC unit and have questions regarding these changes, contact One Source Home Services for assistance today at (719) 532-9000.

Choosing Between Tankless vs. Tank Water Heaters

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There are many types of water heaters available on the market today. Conventional, or tank water heaters, hold all of your hot water in a tank. The system works hard to keep this water hot so it is available whenever you need it.

Tankless water heaters are newer and they don’t store water. Instead, they heat the water as it is needed. This can save energy and money because the system isn’t constantly heating water. However, these water heaters cost more to install and may not be the best option for some homes. 

Traditional Water Heaters

Benefits of traditional tank water heaters

They cost less. A tank water heater costs less to install upfront and it is a simpler system, so repairs are less complex and generally less expensive. 
They are typically easier to install. Most homes are already set up for traditional water heater installation, whereas tankless water heater installation may require some repiping by a professional plumber.
They provide hot water fast. Conventional water heaters store water and keep it warm, so when it gets to your faucet the water is already warm.

Disadvantages of traditional water heaters

They cost more to use. Because they are constantly heating water to whatever temperature you have set, they are constantly using energy.
They take up more space. Although most homes are already built for conventional water heaters, they can take up a lot more space than their tankless counter part.
Most tank water heaters only have enough hot water for about three showers. If you need more hot water than that, you will either have to wait or make do with cold water instead!

Tankless Water Heaters

Benefits of tankless water heaters

They last longer. Tankless water heaters last 20-30 years, which is twice the average lifespan of a conventional water heater.
They more energy efficient. Installing a tankless water heater can reduce energy costs by up to 25%, so they cost less to operate and can pay for themselves over time.
They are smaller. Tankless water heaters take up much less space and are typically mounted to a wall or pipe. This is perfect for tiny homes and studio apartments!

Disadvantages of tankless water heaters

They are expensive. Tankless water heater units can cost up to 5 times more than conventional water heaters, repairs and installation are generally more complex and therefore cost more.
They may require repiping to install. Because most homes are set up for traditional water heaters, a professional plumber may need to move around some pipes to properly install.
You may have to wait for hot water. Tankless water heaters work on an “on demand” system, which is what makes them energy efficient. So you may have to wait to get the temperature to your liking.
Some of them can fail to produce enough hot water, especially if you’re using a lot across several systems at once, like taking a shower while someone washes dishes and you’re running your washing machine.

Get Your New Hot Water Heater Today!

In the end, only you can decide which type of water heater is right for you. If you choose a tankless water heater system, we’ll recommend models that we trust in our own home, get everything modified for the installation, and have your hot water back on ASAP. 

Call our Colorado Springs plumbing team at One Source Home Service today! We’ll help you get the perfect new hot water heater for your home. Whether you choose a tank or a tankless water heater, we’ll make sure you have hot water again fast!

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