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 pertaining to energy conservation standards for consumer furnaces. On July 7, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for amending the standards for certain consumer furnaces, specifically non-weatherized gas furnaces (NWGF) and mobile home gas furnaces (MHGF). In response to requests by several interested parties, DOE is making available a revised version of the life-cycle-cost (LCC) spreadsheet supporting that NOPR and also announcing a public meeting webinar to assist stakeholders with operation of the LCC spreadsheet. In addition, DOE received four requests to extend the public comment period for the NOPR (originally set to close September 6, 2022), and after considering those requests, DOE has decided to extend the public comment period until October 6, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 6, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031, by email (ResFurnaces2014STD0031@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • LCC Spreadsheet is available via the docket.
  • 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 FOR RULEMAKING

Notification of Final Interpretive Rule
  • Federal Register, 86FR4776 (January 15, 2021)

Notice of Final Interpretive Rule; Extension of public comment period

  • Federal Register, 85FR67312 (October 22, 2022)

Notice of Proposed Interpretive Rule; Request for Comment

  • Federal Register, 84FR33011 (July 11, 2019)

Notice of Petition for Rulemaking; Comment Extension

Notice of Petition for Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 84 FR 449 (January 29, 2019)
  • Federal Register, 83 FR 54883 (November 1, 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 Data Availability; Comment Extension

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 87FR4513 (January 28, 2022)
Notification of Final Interpretive Rule
  • Federal Register, 86FR73947 (December 29, 2021)
  • This final interpretive rule is effective December 29, 2021.

Notice of Proposed Interpretive Rule; Comment Extension

Notice of Proposed Interpretive Rule

  • Federal Register, 86FR53014 (September 24, 2021)
  • Federal Register, 86FR48049 (August 27, 2021)

Notice of Supplemental Proposed Interpretive Rule; Request for Comment

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

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

Notice of Denial of Petition
  • Federal Register, 86FR52422 (September 21, 2021)
Notice of Petition
Final Rule
  • Federal Register, 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

The comment period is closed.


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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