DOE Regulations

North Regional Efficiency Standards

2023 North Region Highlight

Split air conditioners installed in northern climates must achieve a 14.0 SEER rating. Up from 13.0 SEER.



Below are the Northern Region’s minimum efficiency standards for Split Air Conditioners, Split Heat Pumps and Packaged Units effective January 1, 2023.

Compliance based on date of manufacture. Applies nationally unless superseded by regional standard in Southwest and Southeast. Applies to all split and packaged heat pumps nationally.

Product Type Tonnage North
Residential Air Conditioners < 3.5 Tons 13.4 SEER2 (14 SEER)
≥ 3.5 Tons 13.4 SEER2 (14 SEER)
Heat Pumps   14.3 SEER2 (15 SEER)
Package AC   13.4 SEER2 (14 SEER)
Package Heat Pump   13.4 SEER2 (14 SEER)

Effective Dates: 1/1/2023 and after

Sell-through deadlines vary by product line and region.

Product Type Region Governing Date for Change
Split A/C North Date of Manufacture
Split HP All Date of Manufacture
Package AC North Date of Manufacture
Package HP All Date of Manufacture