Department of Energy Raising The Minimum Requirements On New Gas Furnaces
In 2007, the U.S. Congress passed the Energy Security and Independence Act (the “2007 Energy Bill”). This bill sets a new precedent by allowing the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop regional standards regarding the minimum efficiency allowed for new heating and cooling equipment. In Pennsylvania, the installation of high-efficiency furnaces is required after May 1, 2013.
How Will This Effect You?
Those who will be impacted most by the new regional standards are people living in either Bucks or Montgomery County and currently have a non-condensing gas furnace that needs to be replaced. The upcoming regional standards will require that gas furnaces installed in Pennsylvania have at least 90% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, compared to the current 78% AFUE, effectively excluding the use of non-condensing furnaces and requiring the installation of condensing furnaces in our area.
What Can You Do?
The new regional standards will require the installation of condensing furnaces in Bucks and Montgomery County starting on May 1, 2013. For those looking to save on a new gas furnace, It would be wise to upgrade your current, older non-condensing gas furnace NOW for a new
non-condensing gas furnace before that date. Otherwise, you will be required to install a condensing furnace and deal with the added expenses and possible complications. Our Comfort Advisors can provide you with a free estimate that includes both furnace options.
How Will This Impact You If You Wait Until After May 1, 2013?
If you live in Bucks or Montgomery County and wait until after the deadline, you may be looking at costly issues when it comes time to replace your existing furnace. The three main issues likely to arise when replacing a non-condensing furnace with a condensing furnace:
1. Equipment space constraints
2. Exhaust venting requirements
3. Condensate disposal
Many homes have limited space for furnaces, and condensing furnaces and their different space requirements may not fit in your furnace’s current location. This could require costly renovations, knocking down walls, and losing living space. An alternative would be to relocate the equipment if you have the space available, but this brings other issues.
Requirements for venting the exhaust for condensing furnaces differ from those for noncondensing units. What if the best new venting path for the condensing furnace runs through space that belongs
to a neighbor? Also, if the non-condensing unit used a common vent with other appliances, it may be necessary to resize the vent if one of the appliances is removed. Finally, the exiting exhaust is designed to be an appropriate distance dictated by the building code from features like windows, doors, dryers, vented gas regulators, etc. The new furnace must also comply with code, and its venting path may require the unit to be moved, even if there is enough room at the current
The third major technical issue would be how to dispose of the water condensate produced by the new furnace. If the current unit is a non-condensing furnace, there was no condensate. A condensing furnace, however, will require attention to collecting and disposing of condensate before it can freeze and lead to water overflow, which can damage the building. A solution to some of these issues would be to ‘simply’ move the equipment. Unfortunately, that would necessitate re-designing and re-sizing the duct system, as well as installing new components. Additionally, moving the furnace would also require re-routing the gas piping and electrical power. Are you prepared for all these possible (and likely) issues? Is your wallet?
Apple Comfort Announces Dublin's 100th Anniversery Giveaway Winners!
First a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to visit our booth and participate in our giveaway this past Saturday. We hope you enjoyed the Decades of Dublin Parade, entertainment and other vendors on Saturday and returned on Sunday to participate in the Dublin Art Festival and 11th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Car Show.
We also want to take a moment to Thank all the Police, Community Leaders and Volunteers who helped coordinate the weekends events, vendor support etc. Events like this could not happenen without your dedication and support. Thank you all for your help!
We are proud to annouce the following winners of our Dublin 100th Celebration Giveaway. To those who didn't win, we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list to learn of upcoming events and promotions. We frequently offer special "web only" discounts on Heating and Cooling Solutions, Indoor Air Quality products and Tune-ups and Maintenance plans.
Third Prize - Fantastic Filter Package - $99 Value
Second Prize - Comfort Club for (1) System for (1) Year - Up to $350 Value
First Prize - Micro PowerGuard - $695 Value
Special thanks again to all who participated in our contest. We hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Come Celebrate Dublin's 100th This Weekend September 7-9.
Festivities kick off this Friday night at 6:30 with a FREE CONCERT spanning 40 years of Soul, Funk, R&B and Dance music by the Philly Funk Authority! Check out thier website www.phillyfunk.com.
Come out Saturday afternoon for the block party, stop by our table and enter to win one of three valuable prizes or sign up for a FREE Home Engineering Analysis! More details to come!
Check It Out! AMC's "The Pitch" Featuring Our New Corporate HELP Campaign
SARASOTA, Fla., May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning and Mister Sparky will be featured in this week's episode of AMC's new original unscripted series, The Pitch, airing Monday, May 7 at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT.
The show tracks an intense competition between two advertising agencies as they fight to win the opportunity to create the first ever tri-branded national campaign.