Consumer Furnaces

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),”furnace” means a product which utilizes only single-phase electric current, or single-phase electric current or DC current in conjunction with natural gas, propane, or home heating oil, and which (1) Is designed to be the principal heating source for the living space of a residence; (2) Is not contained within the same cabinet with a central air conditioner whose rated cooling capacity is above 65,000 Btu per hour; (3) Is an electric central furnace, electric boiler, forced-air central furnace, gravity central furnace, or low-pressure steam or hot water boiler; and (4) Has a heat input rate of less than 300,000 Btu per hour for electric boilers and low-pressure steam or hot water boilers and less than 225,000 Btu per hour for forced-air central furnaces, gravity central furnaces, and electric central furnaces. 10 CFR 430.2 Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for residential mobile home gas furnaces since 1990 and for all other residential furnaces since 1992.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of petition for rulemaking and a request for comment pertaining to test procedures for consumer warm air furnaces 83 FR 56746 (November 14, 2018).

  • DOE requests and will accept comments, data, and information in response to this notice until January 14, 2019.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, identified by "Test Procedure for Consumer Warm Air Furnaces Petition" using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2018-BT-PET-0017, by Email (ResFurnPet2018PET0017@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this request for information).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of petition for rulemaking and a request for information pertaining to standards for residential furnaces 83 FR 54883 (November 1, 2018).

  • DOE requests and will accept comments, data, and information in response to this notice until January 30, 2019.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, identified by "Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters" using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2018-BT-STD-0018, by Email (ResFurnaceCommWaterHeater2018STD0018@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

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 published a Federal Register notice of petition for rulemaking and a request for information pertaining to standards for residential furnaces 83 FR 54883 (November 1, 2018).

DOE published a notice extending the comment period pertaining to residential furnaces. 81 FR 87493 (December 5, 2016).

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the comment period pertaining to residential furnaces. (November 21, 2016). The public comment period is extended until January 6, 2017.

In this SNOPR, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces. The notice also requests comment on the SNOPR’s proposed standards and associated analyses and results. The SNOPR also proposes clarifications to the certification and reporting requirements.

The residential furnace energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031 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

  • DOE requests and will accept comments, data, and information in response to this notice until January 30, 2019.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, identified by "Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters" using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2018-BT-STD-0018, by Email (ResFurnaceCommWaterHeater2018STD0018@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice of Data Availability

Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice of Comment Extension

  • Comment Extension, Federal Register, 81 FR 87493 (December 5, 2016)

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of petition for rulemaking and a request for comment pertaining to test procedures for consumer warm air furnaces 83 FR 56746 (November 14, 2018).

DOE published a final rule pertaining to test procedures for residential furnaces. 81 FR 2628 (January 15, 2016).

The residential furnace and boiler test procedure docket EERE-2018-BT-PET-0017 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

  • DOE requests and will accept comments, data, and information in response to thi snotice until January 14, 2019.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, identified by "Test Procedure for Consumer Warm Air Furnaces Petition" using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2018-BT-PET-0017, by Email (ResFurnPet2018PET0017@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this request for information).


Current Standard

Residential furnaces 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.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that residential furnaces that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 430.23.


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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 furnaces.

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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