14 July 2006

Implications of the 13 SEER for the Supply Chain – Is Heat Pump Technology Challenged

Implementing the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) new energy efficiency standards for air-contioners and heat pumps creates challenges especially for the “downstream” (of the manufacturer) parts of the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry’s supply chain. This paper based on a symposium “13 SEER Is Here! Are You Ready?” held at the 2006 AHR Exposition held in conjunction with the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Chicago, Ilinois, suggests that the challenges typically identified with the 13 SEER standard are those dealing with ensuring the proper education of wholesalers, distributors and consumers about the changes.