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New Energy Efficiency Law Raises Prices on Furnaces after May 1, 2013

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Homeowners of Kansas, Missouri and the remaining northern states will soon be affected by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Under the new law, in those states it will be illegal to install 80% AFUE-rated non-condensing furnaces after May 1, 2013.

The southern states will be affected as well, but furnaces will only require the 80 percent efficiency rating found in non-condensing furnaces. This is because northern states run their furnaces for longer periods during the winter months, so a higher efficiency rating will ultimately cut down on the region’s energy usage.

While the Department of Energy’s new minimum efficiency regulation will help save energy, logistically, the transition could be difficult for many home owners in Kansas and Missouri, according to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association (ACCA).

There are three main issues to consider when the time comes to replace your non-condensing furnace with a condensing one. The first is equipment space constraints. A new condensing furnace may be a different size than your current one and may not fit in the same location. This could mean renovations like knocking down walls, and losing living space. The venting of the furnace exhaust is completely different for a condensing furnace. There must be a route from the furnace to the outside of the house which can be tricky in some applications. If your current non-condensing furnace shares a vent with other appliances such as a hot water tank, this vent may also need to be resized. The third issue is how to dispose of the water that a condensing unit produces before it can freeze and lead to water damage to the building.

Santa Fe Air has and will always be pro-energy efficiency; however, our first priority is always what’s in the best interest of our customers. If you have been considering updating your furnace, now might be the right time before the new law takes effect for the reasons stated above.

Beginning May 1, 2013, Santa Fe Air will no longer be able to install the 80 percent AFUE furnaces, which essentially means the minimum price of a new furnace will rise dramatically after that date.

Contact Santa Fe Air for more information on how this new law will affect the HVAC industry beginning in 2013, or if you are interested in taking advantage of a new 80 percent AFUE furnace before it’s too late.