New Efficiency Standards for Heat Pumps could make replacement more expensive

By: Brian Schutt  |  March 23, 2015

New Minimum Efficiency Standards for Heat Pumps Indianapolis

Beginning on January 1, 2015 the Department of Energy in their attempt to reduce energy consumption has enacted new minimum efficiency standards for single phase split system air conditioners and heat pumps.

Since that is all in HVAC speak, I’ll break it down by saying residential A/C’s and heat pumps are being mandated to be more efficient.

Here in Indianapolis, the new standards only impact the efficiency of heat pumps. The move is making the minimum from 13 SEER to 14 SEER. This increase in efficiency will likely make the equipment more expensive, making the jobs more expensive.

With the increased efficiency heat pumps, the labor side of the project should be the same as before, so price increases shouldn’t be substantial.


Brian Schutt


is the co-owner of Homesense Heating | Cooling. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he loves the city and its people, and is committed to bringing a servants mindset into the heating and cooling industry. One of the ways he does that is to translate the technical language of HVAC into the manageable and understandable for homeowners.

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