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Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for A/C and Heating Equipment

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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The Department of Energy has issued a final rule adopting amended energy conservation standards for single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps (collectively referred to as single package vertical units). This rule adopts (a) standards equivalent to the American National Standards Institute/American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers/Illuminating Engineering Society Standard 90.1-2013 levels for four SPVU equipment classes and (b) standards for two other SPVU equipment classes that are more stringent than those in Standard 90.1-2013. DOE has determined that the amended standards are technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant conservation of energy.

The effective date of this rule is Nov. 23. However, the standards will apply to products manufactured in, or imported into, the U.S. on and after the following dates: (a) Oct. 9, 2015, for SPVUs ≥65,000 and <135,000 Btu/h cooling capacity, (b) Oct. 9, 2016, for SPVUs ≥135,000 and <240,000 Btu/h cooling capacity, and (c) Sept. 23, 2019, for SPVUs <65,000 Btu/h cooling capacity.

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