It’s not often that the heating and cooling industry gets to say this but, “Breaking News!”
In early January of this year the DOE agreed to withdraw the new regulations that apply to what are referred to as non-condensing furnaces. This is likely the furnace you have in your home now. The original regulations required installation of a 90% efficiency furnace or what’s called a condensing furnace. They pull so much heat from the internal combustion process that water vapor in the exhaust condenses and needs a place to go. This is where the problem was for many homeowners as new venting would be required to move that condensation out of your home and that could mean a major home remodel.
This regulation would have been difficult enough on homeowners but could have had a hugely detrimental effect on apartment building and condominium owners with units that are below roof level.
This is from a press release from the Air Conditioning Contractor of America (ACCA)
Pending the Court’s acceptance of this settlement, non-condensing furnaces remain legal to install in all states until further notice.
So if you were scrambling to comply with the new regulations you can breath a sigh of relief. A 90% condensing furnace will save you money on your heating bills as well as conserve energy and you should consider one if you need a new furnace unit but it’s not your only choice. Climate Control Heating and Cooling would be happy to help you choose and install the furnace that fits your needs. However, this no longer means your choices are limited only to 90% units nor will it mean the installation headaches we were all dreading.