New Furnace Regulation Withdrawn January 16, 2013
The Department of Energy (DOE) has withdrawn its ruling of changing the minimum efficiency standards for furnaces installed in our area from 80% to 90%. The new ruling was to start May 1, 2013. While the regulation would have resulted in more efficient furnaces and lower monthly gas bills for some consumers, it would have increased cost for a number of others.
The DOE has said it will look at making a new rule for minimum efficiency standards for residential furnaces. The process of making a new rule is expected to take two years. We will keep you up to date on any new rulings that would affect our area. For more information on the withdrawn ruling, visit the following sites:
80% Furnace Phase Out September 9, 2012
Starting May 1, 2013, a new regulation, proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) and approved by Congress will be put in place. The new regulation will require homeowners to install 90%+ efficient furnaces, making 80% efficient furnaces obsolete in our area. The DOE split the country into three regions. Missouri and Illinois are included in the Northern region. The minimum efficiency (AFUE rating) for a furnace in our area will go from 80% to 90%.
While this regulation results in more efficient furnaces and lower monthly gas bills, 90%+ furnaces are not always the best option for all homeowners. In some home configurations, it is nearly impossible to install the PVC venting that is required with 90%+ furnaces. The DOE might make waivers available, but to date, we have no information concerning waiver availability. That is why we, along with other HVAC organizations and contractors are protesting the DOE’s new regulation for our area and doing what we can so homeowners in our area have a choice for the best option available for their home and family.
What homeowners need to do is:
If you’re unsure, or have a home where it might be difficult to run the PVC flue piping required for a 90%+ efficient furnace, now is the time to look at replacing your existing furnace. For a free estimate on a new furnace, or any new equipment, please contact us.