New Regional Standards For Heating and Cooling Equipment — How Will They Be Enforced?

New Regional Standards in Heating and Cooliong Equipment by the Department of Energy. How Will They Be Enforced?

 

The U.S. Department of Energy is implementing new regional standards for HVAC (heating and cooling) equipment. How will this affect you? On October 25, 2011 the Department of Energy http://www.doe.gov confirmed that it adoped new residneital appliance standards for central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps. This new law becomes effictive May 2013 for furnaces and is effective January 2015 for central air conditoners and heat pumps.

 

Three Regions

 

The country will be divided into three regions — North, Southeast, and Southwest

North — Staes with population-wighted heating dress days (HDD) equal to or greater than 5,000.

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Uah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

 

Southwest — Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico

 

The Southeastern region comprises states with population-weighted HDD less than 5,000.

This includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

  

For states in the north, furnaces are the bigget challenge. After May 2013 we’ll no longer be able to install the 80% efficient unit which vent out in metal piping or through a chimney. Instead we’ll be required to have an AFUE (efficiency) of 90% or more, and will be required to vent the unit horizontally using PVC piping to the outdoors. You will only be able to upgrade your current unit through April 2013, and distributors have already informed us they are limited the number of 80% efficient units they’ll have on hand, incresingly, so they don’t have ‘dead’ stock at the end of the spring of 2013.

 

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) the deadlines are as follows:

 

Implementation Time Table

The new standards will take effect May 2013 for non-weatherized furnaces, and January 2015 for air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces.

 

The effective dates for standards that follow the standards above will be:

  • January 1, 2019 for non-weatherized furnaces
  • January 1, 2022 for air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces (gas-packs).

 

For more information you can read this PDF

 

Questions? Please call us! We’re always happy to discuss these things.

What’s The Latest And Most Exciting Trend In Heating and Cooling?

Do you want to save money? Would you like your family’s comfort level to improve even more?

These questions are pretty easy to answer, and there’s an exciting new trend in heating and cooling that can do both of these.

The trend is called “zoning” and it’s the way of the future. Every room has a temperature control, so rooms not being used can cut energy use out completely, and rooms used the most can be temperature-controlled, too. This system saves you money, and ensures your family will always be comfortable. You truly cannot go wrong with zoning.

Watch Honeywell’s video on this, and call us if you have any questions.

Ten Reasons To Consider A Maintenance Agreement

A maintenance agreement keeps your heating and cooling equipment operating at peak efficiencies. They also prevent major breakdowns.

Here are ten reasons to consider a maintenance agreement:

1. They Lower Your Utility Bills

When you have regular maintence, your furnace or air conditioner runs better during the times you really need it to. Extremely hot or cold weather is no time to test the efficiency of your equipment.

2. Extends The Life Of Your Equipment

It’s a fact. During extreme weather, the number one complaint from our customers is that their AC or furnace can’t keep up. This is usually because it needs regular maintenance. Air filters should be changed during extreme weather at least once every other month. Every month is best. Regular maintenance lowers the stress on your unit, and increases its lifespan.

3. Improves Performance

Yes. Because of regular service your equipment will perform better.

4. Ensures You Get Priority Service

When you have a maintenance agreement with us, your calls are considered our priority over all other calls. We stand by this rule.

5. You Get A 20% Discount On Repairs

If you have to have a repair of your equipment, we take 20 percent off your repair bill.

6. 5% Discount On All Equipment

If you have to replace your equipment you’ll receive a 5 percent discount.

7. Transfers When You Sell Your Home

A maintenance agreement transfers when you sell your home, and can increase the value of your home.

8. Offers Inflation Protection

The price you pay upfront covers the routine maintenance inspections and tune-ups twice a year. No increases, no surprises.

9. We’ll Remind You

You won’t have to stop and call us to schedule a maintenance call. We’ll call you to schedule, and we’ll even call you to remind you, and when we’re on our way. Just ask.

10. You’re Treated Like One Of The Family

Envirotech Heating and Cooling was founded on family values and principles. We extend this to all our customers. When you’re a valued customer, you’re also part of our family.

Call us to find out more about signing up for an ESA, or a Service Agreement 913-268-6700.

Comfort Tip- Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump

 

What is a Mini Split? Well if you have ever traveled to Europe or Asia (I have not but have had a good customer and friend of mine inform me of this) you have probably had your hotel room or living quarters heating and cooled with this type of system. I know that most Asian areas have very limited amounts of space, therefore this system is perfect for tight areas with little or no space outside or on the ground. If you are not into traveling abroad, here in the US the mini split systems are catching on due to their high energy efficiency and also for space conditioning of hard to heat rooms, rooms with no access to ductwork, room additions, attics and spot heating and cooling. 

Did you know that as much as half of the energy used in our homes and offices are for heating and cooling purposes? Out of that we lose up to 30% of the efficiency in a standard heating and cooling system through leaky ductwork, improperly sized or improperly installed equipment. The top of the line air conditioning units today being installed are rated at 16-18SEER, I like to compare SEER (or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) to miles per gallon on a car. The higher the SEER the better your MPG or utility usage is. The Mini-Split systems can achieve upwards of 26 SEER…..WOW! 

The most common type of Mini Split that we install are the wall hung heat pump models. There is no ductwork for this system and it will heat as well as cool. We have grown to love the quietness, ease of installation and operation of the Fujitsu brand systems. Some of the jobs in which we have installed the Mini Split systems are room additions, sun rooms (formerly a screened in porch), upstairs master suites, computer server rooms, finished basements with no ductwork access, master bedroom additions and office spaces. 

If you would like to see a video of one of our installs please visit the Envirotech You Tube page. I will be posting a newer installation in the coming months of a job we are doing now that is under construction. We are installing two outdoor units with five indoor units, so what that means is there are two heat pumps outside and a total of five indoor spaces with their own independent temperature controls. You can also view some photo’s of the installs on the  page.

Please call me if you have any questions, comments or energy savings tips. 

Thanks

James Gallet