Meeting Government Efficiency Standards
As government standards and requirements evolve to require heating and cooling manufacturers to improve product efficiency and use environmentally responsible materials, Bryant continues to lead the way. From developing high efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners to introducing Puron® Refrigerant, Bryant puts experience to work to create the rock-solid heating and cooling products of tomorrow.
High SEER Requirements for 2006
Like many consumer products that use energy, air conditioners and heat pumps are manufactured to meet or exceed minimum efficiency standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy. After nearly a decade with 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) as the minimum efficiency, January 23, 2006 marks the mandated increase to 13 SEER.
Who will this affect?
The 13 SEER minimum applies to all new equipment manufactured on or after January 23, 2006. You may continue to use your current system indefinitely, even if it operates below 13 SEER, but when it's time to replace your system, only 13 SEER or higher models will be available.
Higher SEER means cost-saving energy efficiency
For many homeowners, a 13 SEER air conditioner or heat pump will save money on each month's electric bill. Exactly how much you can save will depend on the efficiency of your current system. For example, a 13 SEER product:
- Delivers about 23% energy savings compared to 10 SEER models
- Delivers about 8% energy savings compared to 12 SEER models
Actual savings will depend on the age, efficiency and condition of the unit being replaced, but if you are currently considering a new air conditioner or heat pump, it makes a lot of sense to start saving now with a 13 SEER product. Bryant offers several heat pumps and air conditioners that meet and exceed the 13 SEER requirement–even up to 18 SEER.
To learn more about the 2006 13 SEER efficiency mandate, visit www.energy.gov.
Another change you need to be aware of is the phase out of R-22, the refrigerant most commonly used in today's air conditioners and heat pumps. By 2010, all new air conditioners and heat pumps will be required to use a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, such as Bryant's environmentally sound Puron Refrigerant. This phase out has been mandated in an effort to help protect the Earth's ozone layer. By making the change to Puron Refrigerant now, you can protect yourself from the potentially higher future costs of servicing an air conditioner or heat pump that uses R-22.
Bryant Leads the Way
Whether it's developing tomorrow's efficient and cost-saving 13 SEER and higher air conditioners and heat pumps, or offering a wide range of products with environmentally sound Puron Refrigerant, Bryant is putting experience to work to develop the heating and cooling products that will keep your family comfortable tomorrow.