Replace Your Furnace Before May 1st, 2013

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Due to a recent installation ban by the Department of Energy (DOE), A-1 Heat & Air Conditioning of Grand Rapids explains why heating and cooling contractors will no longer be installing 80% AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) furnaces after May 1, 2013. After this date, the regulation will require furnaces to have at least 90% AFUE - a decision that will cost homeowners an extra $1,000 when they have to replace their furnace in northern climates such as Michigan.

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These units burn about 10% more gas than the units being mandated, however they are still very safe and energy efficient, and consumers should call us for a free furnace inspection.

“The installation ban to take effect May 1st will cost homeowners an additional $1,000 or more to replace their furnace as they will have no choice but to install a more high efficient unit.” Said Robert Enochs, owner of A-1 Heat & Air Conditioning in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“If your furnace is 12 to 15 years old or more and is currently an 80% efficient (or less) unit, you should have a furnace safety inspection done to insure the furnace is operating safely and properly. If you are considering to upgrade or replace your existing 80% furnace, (or if you know that your furnace needs to be replaced), you need to act before the May 1st deadline or you may be spending an extra $1,000 dollars after that date.”

The DOE’s regional standards will impact both HVAC businesses and homeowners. HVAC companies with existing inventory of 80% AFUE units will no longer be able to sell and install them. Previous regulations set by the DOE have allowed for existing inventory to be sold and installed, however the latest rule mandates that only compliant furnaces be installed starting May 1, 2013.

“Homeowners have no reason to be alarmed if they have a ‘non-compliant’ furnace as long as it is safe and operating properly, or if they are considering to install an 80% AFUE furnace before May,” said Robert. “These units burn about 10% more gas than the units being mandated, however they are still very safe and energy efficient, and consumers should call us for a free furnace inspection.”

According to Robert, the new 90+% AFUE units must be installed in a conditioned room or space. In the event the unit will be in a non-conditioned space such as an attic and the homeowner cannot build a room around it, the mechanical system will need to be converted to electric, which could mean upgrades to the electrical system as well.

“Homeowners with limited repair funds who just want their heat fixed and are trying to squeak by on their existing old furnace until next winter could be in for a big surprise,” said Robert. “It’s not going to be as cheap or as simple as it used to be for those systems in attics, crawl spaces or finished basements. Sheet rock, drywall repair, upgrading electrical systems and potential remodeling of attics may be required before we can replace a furnace and get the heat turned on.”

A-1 Heat & Air Conditioning is one of Grand Rapids’ most trusted Heating and Cooling companies and has been providing quality service at affordable pricing since 1994. To learn more or to schedule a *Free Furnace Inspection*, you can visit their website, or call / text Robert at 616-617-4103

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