Consumer Furnace Fans

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “residential furnace fan” means an electrically-powered device used in residential buildings for the purpose of circulating air through duct work. 10 CFR 430.2 Manufacturers are required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for residential furnace fans starting July 3, 2019.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating the needed for amended energy conservation standards for consumer furnace fans, which is set forth in the Department’s preliminary technical support document (TSD) for this rulemaking. DOE will hold a public meeting via webinar to discuss and receive comment on the preliminary analysis. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses (if DOE determines that proposed amendments are necessary); and other relevant issues. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this notice until January 3, 2023.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0029, by email (ConsumerFurnFan2021STD0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, December 5th, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

Petition

 Final Denial of Petition for Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 86FR52422 (September 21, 2021)

Notice of Petition for Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 83FR56746 (November 14, 2018)

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

Notice of Availability of Preliminary Technical Support Document

Request for Information

  • Federal Register, 86FR66465 (November 23, 2021)

DOE undertook a rulemaking process that concluded with a final rule in 2014. The consumer furnace fans energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2010-BT-STD-0011 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.

Test Procedure

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
  • Federal Register, 87FR29576 (May 13, 2022)

Request for Information

  • Federal Register, 86FR35660 (July 7, 2021)

The residential furnace fans energy test procedure docket EERE-2010-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 furnace fans 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(y).


Current Test Procedure

To determine that residential furnace fans that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at Appendix AA to Subpart B of Part 430.


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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 furnace fans.

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.

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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