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Input Sought on Potential New Energy Test Procedures for Residential Furnaces

The U.S. Department of Energy has received petition from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute requesting the initiation of a rulemaking proceeding to develop a new unified test procedure for residential furnaces that would replace the three currently required performance metrics (i.e., annual fuel utilisation efficiency, fan efficiency ratio and standby mode/off mode energy consumption) with a single new metric.

As the petition acknowledges, a combined metric would require a translation of the existing energy conservation standards application to residential furnaces using an appropriate crosswalk. Accordingly, the DOE is seeking input from interested parties by 14 January 2019 on the petition as well as any data or information that could be used to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking.

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