31 March 2017
DOE Delays Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans, Test Procedures for Other Products
The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed from 21 March to 30 September the effective date of a final rule imposing tougher energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. However, compliance with this final rule is still only required for covered products manufactured in or imported into the United State on and after 21 January 2020.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act defines a ceiling fan as a non-portable device suspended from a ceiling for circulating air via the rotation of fan blades. Included in the coverage of the new standards are hugger fans (set flush to the ceiling) and fans capable of producing large volumes of airflow. Excluded are belt-driven ceiling fans, centrifugal ceiling fans, oscillating ceiling fans, ceiling fans whose blades’ plane of rotation cannot be within 45 degrees of horizontal, or highly decorative fans.
The DOE has also further postponed the effective dates of the following rules, as indicated below.
- a final rule establishing energy test procedures for certain varieties of compressors – effective date delayed from 21 March to 3 July
- a final rule establishing energy test procedures for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components – effective date delayed from 21 March to 26 June
- a final rule amending the energy test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps – effective date delayed from 21 March to 3 July