FTC Seeks Input on Energy Labels for Residential Heating and Cooling Equipment
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments by Jan. 10, 2012, on new energy labeling requirements for residential furnaces, central air conditioners and heat pumps in order to help consumers and businesses install equipment appropriate for their location under the Department of Energy’s new regional efficiency standards. Unlike existing DOE standards, which impose uniform, national efficiency levels for heating and cooling equipment, the new minimum energy efficiency standards for certain products vary by region. To promote compliance with these standards, the FTC will develop new labeling or other required disclosures to help consumers and industry members choose and install the correct equipment for their particular location. The FTC seeks public comment on how best to develop consumer and industry disclosures regarding the new standards for residential furnaces, central air conditioners and heat pumps, including possible revisions to the current EnergyGuide label.