Residential Furnace Fans
Currently there are no energy conservation standards for residential furnace fans. A furnace fan is an electrically-powered device used in residential central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for the purposes of circulating air through duct work. A furnace fan consists of a fan motor and its controls, a centrifugal impeller, and sheet metal housing.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is currently conducting an energy conservation standard rulemaking for furnace fans. If any standard is established, its benefits will be explained in the final rule.
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DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for residential furnace fans. 79 FR 499 (January 3, 2014). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.
DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for residential furnace fans. 78 FR 64067 (October 25, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.
Standards for Residential Furnace Fans
Currently there are no energy conservation standards for furnace fans.
DOE published a final rule to establish test procedures for measuring the electrical consumption for electrically-powered devices used in weatherized and non-weatherized gas, oil and electric furnaces and modular blowers to circulate air through ductwork. This final rule establishes procedures that will take effect on February 3, 2014. These procedures will be mandatory for product testing to demonstrate compliance with future energy standards and for representations starting 180 days after publication.
Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for furnace fans, the provisions of 10 CFR Part 430 and Part 1003 that apply to waivers, exceptions, state exemptions to Federal pre-emption, and small business exemptions are not relevant.
The current energy conservation standards for furnace fans are mandated by Part A, the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). (42 U.S.C. § 6291–6309) These appliances are treated as "covered products" under Part A. (42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)(D))
EPCA established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other than Automobiles, covering major household appliances. The Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005 amended EPCA to give DOE authority to regulate the energy efficiency of the use of electricity for purposes of circulating air through duct work of residential heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems (furnace fans). DOE has initiated a rulemaking to consider new energy conservation standards or energy use standards for furnace fans.
In addition, EPCA directs DOE to establish test procedures for new covered products, such as furnace fans. (42 U.S.C. 6295(r)) Finally, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 amended EPCA to require that any new or amended energy conservation standard adopted after July 1, 2010, shall address standby mode and off mode energy use pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6295(o). (42 U.S.C. 6295(gg)(3)) For these reasons, DOE has initiated a furnace fan test procedure rulemaking.
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