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Tougher Energy Conservation Standards Adopted for Dehumidifiers

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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The Department of Energy is imposing tougher energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers after concluding that the amended standards would result in significant conservation of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified. The effective date of this rule is Aug. 12 but compliance will only be required for covered products manufactured in or imported into the U.S. on and after June 13, 2019.

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act defines a dehumidifier as product that is self-contained, electrically operated and mechanically encased and that incorporates a refrigerated surface to condense moisture from the atmosphere. Dehumidifiers have a refrigerating system with an electric motor, a fan for air circulation, and a means for collecting or disposing of the condensate. In July 2015 DOE clarified that this definition of a dehumidifier does not apply to portable air conditioners, room air conditioners or packaged terminal air conditioners.

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