As a result, it proclaimed that the 13 SEER standard issued during the final weeks of the Clinton administration stood. All central air conditioning units and heat pumps manufactured after Jan. 26, 2006, would have to meet the more stringent 13 SEER standard.
It even beat out Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, the hurricanes that wreaked havoc in Florida and the Southeastern United States this summer.
For a look back at the top stories of 2004, see the following articles in this issue:
Publication date: 12/27/2004