EPA Announces New Energy Star Requirements for Furnaces

January 19th, 2012 → 11:17 pm @ // No Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating Energy Star requirements for furnaces. The new requirements are a part of Energy Star’s overall commitment to protect people’s health and the environment by encouraging energy efficiency.

Distributors, contractors and consumers will be able to identify and purchase Energy Star qualified furnaces that are appropriate to their particular climate zone beginning February 1, 2012. The furnaces that meet the new requirements for the southern half of the U.S. will be labeled with a specific U.S South Energy Star mark. The qualified furnaces in the South, where homes require less heat, will be up to 12 percent more energy efficient than baseline units.

Qualified furnaces in the northern half of the U.S. incluiding Canada will bear the standard Energy Stat logo and will be up to 16 percent more energy efficient than baseline models. If every gas furnace sold  in the US were to meet the new Energy Star requirements, which are up to 5 percent more efficient than the previous Energy Star requirement, consumer energy bill savings would grow to more than $170 million per year and reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of those from approximately 175,000 vehicles.

M0re information on Energy Star qualified furnaces: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=revisions.furnace_spec.

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