80% efficient furnace phase out affective deadline May 2013

Posted by Dan Baloun - August 23, 2012 - News - No Comments

In December 2007, President Bush signed into law The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The goal of this act was to “move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government and for other purposes.”One major aspect of this law was allowing the Department of Energy to create regional standards for central air conditioners and furnaces.

What this means is that in the Midwest and specifically the Chicago area, the minimum efficiency (AFUE) is going to be raised from 80% to 90%. This means that 80% AFUE gas furnaces will no longer be able to be installed. While this Act results in more efficient furnaces and lower monthly gas Bills, the side effect is that 90% and higher furnaces require PVC vent piping through the side of your home or through the roof of your home.

This can be a challenge for townhomes, condominiums, and homes with drywall finished ceilings and furnaces not located near an exterior wall or roof access to install the PVC vent piping. There will be additional construction costs to open drywall and/or cover the PVC vent piping that will need to be installed through the interior of your home.

AccuMax Inc. is urging our customers who have 12+ year old furnaces to seriously consider their options for furnace replacement in the near future if the installation of PVC vent piping is going to be a challenge in your home.

Remember the 80% furnaces are being phase out, so your time is limited. The phase out begins May of 2013.

The 80% furnaces are available in standard single stage models as well as two stage and with energy efficient variable speed motors that can create the quietest furnace on the market.

We would be more than happy to give you a free estimate and go over your options, please contact us or call 630-466-1996

Rising cost of refrigerant R-22

As you may or may not be aware, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled the gradual phase-out/elimination of R-22 (Freon) due to its contribution to the destruction of the ozone layer. In the years between 2010 and 2020, the amount of refrigerant Being produced will decline until it is eventually phased out in 2020. The wholesale price of R-22 has more than doubled in the last few months.

Any service call needing R-22 could be hundreds of dollars, Which is going to be a shocking surprise to many? AccuMax Inc. is strongly urging our customers who have 12+ year old air conditioners or systems that constantly need refrigerant due to leaks to consider the options for replacement of the system in the near future. The supply of R-22 refrigerant is only going to dwindle as the years pass which means higher prices. New systems come with 10 year parts and 10 year labor warranties.

This article is not intended to create panic or to try and force high pressure sales tactics, but we feel that this situation is important enough to inform all of our current and future customers. It’s information that can help save thousands of dollars in the future.

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