Consumer Dehumidifiers

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 10 CFR 430.2, “Dehumidifier” means a product, other than a portable air conditioner, room air conditioner, or packaged terminal air conditioner, that is a self-contained, electrically operated, and mechanically encased assembly consisting of: (1) A refrigerated surface (evaporator) that condenses moisture from the atmosphere; (2) A refrigerating system, including an electric motor; (3) An air-circulating fan; and (4) A means for collecting or disposing of the condensate. Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for residential dehumidifiers since 2007.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for dehumidifiers. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues pertinent to whether an amended test procedure would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

DOE published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by July 6, 2021. On June 18, 2021, DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to extend the public comment period by 30 days. DOE has published a Federal Register notice reviewing this request and has granted a 15-day extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until July 21, 2021.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more stringent standard: Would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Standards

DOE has a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. 86FR29964 (June 4, 2021).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final rule; technical correction to the Department of Justice's (DOJ) determination pertaining to DOE's 2015 proposed rule for consumer dehumidifiers. 81 FR 56471 (August 22, 2016).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice publishing the Department of Justice's (DOJ) determination pertaining to DOE's 2015 proposed rule for consumer dehumidifiers. 81 FR 55155 (August 18, 2016).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final rule pertaining to energy efficiency standards for dehumidifiers. 81 FR 38338 (June 13, 2016). 

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for dehumidifiers. 86FR34640 (June 30, 2021).

DOE published a final rule amending the residential dehumidifier test procedure. 80 FR 45802 (July 31, 2015). The residential dehumidifier test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0010 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking. 

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Residential dehumidifiers manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 430.32(v).


Current Test Procedure

To determine that residential dehumidifiers that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with current DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix X.  Any energy use or efficiency representations made on or after the compliance date of any amended energy conservation standards must be made in accordance with the test procedure specified in Appendix X1 to Subpart B.


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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for residential dehumidifiers.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.

ENERGY STAR®

DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifiers use about 15% less energy than a conventional unit.

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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