Regional Efficiency Standards
In a settlement filed late Friday (1/11/13) afternoon, the Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to withdraw the pending minimum energy conservation standards that include regional standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces.The term “non-weatherized furnace” is used to define furnaces that are designed to be placed indoors.
According to the terms of the settlement, portions of the June 27, 2011 Direct Final Rule setting the minimum AFUE standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces at 90% in the Northern region and 80% in the Southeastern and Southwestern regions is vacated, along with the pending May 1, 2013 compliance date.
Pending the Court’s acceptance of this settlement, non-condensing furnaces remain legal to install in all states until further notice.
This settlement is good news for anyone with a finished basement, a furnace in your attic, and condominium owners because you will continue to have the full complement of 80% and 95% furnace options when you choose to replace your heating system. Please contact Design Aire if you have any further questions regarding the regional standards at (314) 739-1600.