New Standard for HVAC Fans Finalized by DOE.
A new energy efficiency standard for furnace fans was
announced by the U.S. Department of Energy this week.
The standard is the latest of eight finalized standards
and nine proposed standards issued since President
Obama’s Climate Action Plan was announced in 2013.
The new standard for furnace fans will help reduce
harmful carbon pollution by up to 34 million metric
tons, which is equivalent to the annual electricity use
of 4.7 million homes, and will save Americans over $9
billion in home electricity bills through 2030.
Furnace fans are used to circulate air through ductwork
in residential heating and cooling equipment. About 3
million furnace fans were shipped in the United States
in 2013. A standard furnace fan for a 70,000 Btu per
hour furnace consumes about 1,000 kilowatt-hours per
year. This standard could reduce energy use by 46%.
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