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New Government laws passed for 2013 MUST READ
New Government laws passed for 2013 MUST READ
Should You Replace
In 2007, the U.S. Congress passed the Energy
Security and Independence Act (the “2007
Energy Bill”). This bill set a new precedent by
allowing the Department of Energy (DOE) to
develop regional standards for the installation
location of heating and cooling equipment.
In northern states, high-efficiency furnaces
are required after May 1, 2013.
Will This Affect You?
Those who will be impacted the most by the
new regional standards are people that live in
the North Region and have a non-condensing
gas furnace. The upcoming regional standards
will require that gas furnaces installed in the
North Region have at least 90% Annual Fuel
Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, compared
to the current 78% AFUE, effectively excluding
the use of non-condensing furnaces and requiring
the installation of condensing furnaces
in the North Region. Will you be affected?
See for yourself what the DOE considers the
How Will This Impact You?
If you live in the North Region, you may be
looking at costly issues when it comes time
to replace your existing furnace. The three
main issues likely to arise when replacing a
non-condensing furnace with a condensing
1. Equipment space constraints
2. Exhaust venting requirements
3. Condensate disposal
Many homes have limited space for furnaces,
and condensing furnaces and their different
space requirements may not fit in your furnace’s
current location. This could mean renovations,
knocking down walls, and losing living
space. An alternative would be to relocate the
equipment, but this brings other issues.
Requirements for venting the exhaust for
condensing furnaces differ from those for noncondensing
units. What if the best new venting
path for the condensing furnace runs through
space that belongs to a neighbor? Also, if the
non-condensing unit used a common vent
with other appliances, it may be necessary to
resize the vent if one of the appliances is
removed. Finally, the exiting exhaust is designed
to be an appropriate distance dictated by the
building code from features like windows,
doors, dryers, vented gas regulators, etc.
The new furnace must also comply with code,
and its venting path may require the unit to
be moved, even if there is enough room at
the current location!
The third major technical issue would
be how to dispose of the water condensate
produced by the new furnace. If the current
unit is a non-condensing furnace, there was no
condensate. A condensing furnace, however,
will require attention to collecting and disposing
of condensate before it can freeze and
lead to water overflow, which can damage
A solution to some of these issues would
be to ‘simply’ move the equipment. Unfortunately,
that would necessitate re-designing and
re-sizing the duct system, as well as installing
new components. Additionally, moving the
furnace would also require re-routing the gas
piping and electrical power. Are you prepared
for all these possible (and likely) issues? Is
What Will You Do?
The new regional standards will require the installation
of condensing furnaces in the North
Region starting on May 1, 2013. It may be wise
to upgrade your current, older non-condensing
gas furnace for a new non-condensing gas
furnace before that date. Otherwise, you will
likely be required to install a condensing
furnace and deal with the added complications.
Your HVAC contractor can provide an estimate
that includes both furnace options.
In addition to the above passed law for the 80% furnace. The Department of Energy has banned the sale of NEW R-22 air conditioning units. This will affect approximately 10+ billion homes in the United States.
All residents will be forced to install the new Puron freon system when the time comes to replace the system IF it can no longer be fixed. These systems are not the best for your home according so some HVAC companies that have experience installing them.
One of many concerns are that the system is costly due to it needing a new A-coil. The pressures are incredibly different , much higher. This requires a different coil. Also this is dangerous for the technican and installer to service. R-410a is a much warmer freon than R-22 and needs excellent airflow to work properly with your system. With that being said there is a chance that your existing furnace may not be adequate to properly cool your home with your new R410a system.
Consider your options NOW before its too late.
Install a new furnace or air conditioner and receive a $150.00 federal tax credit!
NICOR is now offering a credit towards your new system
R-22 Systems are still available! They are not banned yet! January 2013 is the proposed bann date Call today for special pricing on R-22 systems!
THE BIGGEST NEWS OF 2012!!!!!!
The US Government is eliminating the sale of new R-22 freon forcing homeowners to install the new R410-A systems.
NEW law passed for 2013. All homeowners with 80% efficient furnace will be forced to spend unnecessary money to upgrade to 90+ % efficient furnace. Not all homes can accept a 90% such as TOWN HOMES , CONDO, or homes with vaulted ceilings, finished basements and centrally located furnaces. This will create major issues with your home plus force you to spend unnecessary money.