PHCC Voices Concern on Proposed DOE Furnace Rule
March 31, 2015
With consumer interests a top priority, PHCC and other stakeholders voiced concern March 27 at a U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) meeting to explain a proposed efficiency standard for residential non-weatherized gas furnace products, to be effective in 2021. DOE has changed its previous position intending to promote regional standards for gas furnaces and now is proposing a single national standard efficiency level of 92 percent. PHCC, among others, opposed the discontinuation of the 80 percent efficient class of gas furnace equipment, claiming there already is significant installed product in this class of equipment, particularly in residences of economically challenged families. Replacement would result in increased costs related to higher efficiency equipment and additional changes to venting systems. Stay tuned ... after a follow-up meeting in April, PHCC will file public comments regarding this proposal and work with other stakeholders to create a fair and equitable energy efficiency standard.