New Furnace Legislation Delayed
In a July 22nd session, the US House of Representatives’ “Subcommittee on Energy and Power” made the decision to delay a new piece of energy legislation. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed a new national standard for all residential, commercial, and industrial furnaces: they must meet a minimum requirement of 92 percent AFUE.
“AFUE” stands for “annual fuel utilization efficiency,” and exists as a measurement of thermal efficiency. AFUE ratings, measured in percentages, are used throughout the HVAC industry for gas furnaces, oil furnaces, heat pumps, electric heaters, and other sources of central heating. The new proposal for a 92 percent minimum has been contentious among stakeholders– currently, 92 percent AFUE is considered very high, with many economy model furnaces on the market that have an AFUE as low as 82 percent.
Opposition to the New Standards
Many HVAC industry organizations are opposed to the idea of a 92 percent minimum AFUE. Organizations that have spoken against the legislation include the ACCA, the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI).
According to Charlie McCrudden, the ACCA’s senior vice president in charge of government relations, the DOE recommendations may be based on inaccurate data analyses. According to McCrudden, the DOE’s recommendations will lead to much higher installation and furnace costs for homeowners— especially people in the South, who don’t use their heating as often. Although theoretically, homeowners will save money on energy costs, the prices of the furnaces themselves will still outweigh the savings.
At this point, the legislation is being delayed. Opponents are proposing alternative standards to the 92 percent AFUE minimum. Although HVAC industry leaders support increased HVAC energy efficiency, the 92 percent AFUE recommendation will be technologically and economically challenging– for manufacturers as well as consumers.
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