Gillece Services Announces Furnace Efficiency Regulation Withdrawal by U.S. Department of Energy

A federal furnace regulation that was set to take effect in May 2013 has been withdrawn by the U.S. Department of Energy. The regulation would have mandated that furnaces in Northern states installed on or after May 1, 2013 have an energy efficiency rating of at least 90 percent.

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Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) January 18, 2013

A federal furnace regulation that was set to take effect in May 2013 has been withdrawn by the U.S. Department of Energy. The regulation would have mandated that furnaces in Northern states installed on or after May 1, 2013 have an energy efficiency rating of at least 90 percent. Gillece Services continually stays up-to-date with regulations and policies in order to keep homeowners informed and to offer related services.

Providing HVAC services to homeowners throughout Western Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, Gillece helps customers to explore their options. Installing a mid-efficiency furnace with a rating of at least 80% is one option for replacing old, lower efficiency units that would need replaced in the near future. The average mid-efficiency furnace’s lifespan is estimated to be ten to twelve years, while a high-efficiency furnace of at least 90% may last twice as long.

Furnace efficiency regulations, which were regionally divided, aimed to increase minimum efficiency standards for residential furnaces and to cut energy costs across the nation. The current minimum efficiency rating for a residential gas furnace is 80 percent; the new regulation would have raised the minimum rating to 90 percent. Percentages represent a furnace’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), which is a measurement of heat production compared to fuel consumption. High-efficiency furnaces can save homeowners significant costs on heating bills by using less energy, but additional installation costs have the potential to trump those savings. This is part of the reason the Department of Energy has asked to revisit furnace efficiency standards and to restart the regulation process.

The efficiency standard process is currently set to restart alongside a January 2015 compliance date. In the meantime, Gillece Services is available to install either mid or high-efficiency gas furnaces ranging from 80 to 98% AFUE. Gillece also provides a number of Fast and Friendly Financing options for qualifying customers.

For over 30 years, Gillece has been the Pittsburgh area’s one-stop-shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Waterproofing, Air Quality, and Water Quality services. Gillece serves Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties with 24/7 availability, 365 days a year.

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For more information on the withdrawn mandate, visit http://www.acca.org or http://www.apga.org