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 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.


Envirotech Heating and Cooling is a business located in Shawnee, Kansas, owned by James Gallet.

A green company, we created this blog to keep you updated on changes in the heating and cooling industry, specials, and tips to save you money.

Sign up to be informed of new posts and specials we run, read articles, browse our links, and please email us with any questions or concerns.  

Your comfort is our business!

Energy Tip- Lighting The Natural Way

In the past I have written about using CFL or LED lighting for your home. Well there is another solution to lighting your home and guess what, its free! Before the widespread use of electric lighting architecs and builders constructed buildings to take advantage of natural light. Well this way of thinking and building has gone by the wayside and in its place we want homes that are pretty and people seem to not worry so much about effeciency and lighting (at least until we open our utility bills anyway).

What can natural daylight do for you and your home? Natural lighting will not cost you anything in utility bills for one, but sunlight also help aids in relaxation and happiness, and helps reduce seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues. Natural daylight has also been proven to improve students test scores, double retail sales in stores, and boost factory workers productivity.

What will it do for our planet? If we all reduced our electric lighting in our homes by 25%, natural daylight could save enough energy to power 17 million homes a year. WOW!!!! 

Who do you call? Here in Kansas City we have one of the best daylighters in the business. Sam Kane with Solar Solutions can install a tubular skylight and bring in the natural daylight for you and your family. Sam and his crew have great knowledge and look at each home on an individual basis to determine where natural lighting would best be served. They can install one tube if you would like and build onto it from there. To get in contact with Sam visit their website at They also have some other great products available.

Check out the photo below of a bathroom that is lite with a solar tube. Sam and his gang took this photo on one of their recent jobs and it looks good. Please feel free to pass this along to others and let me know if you have any energy or green tips to pass my way.


James Gallet