The HVAC industry has been dealing with regional standards legislation for the efficiency of heating and cooling equipment. This battle has been waged for over 5 years now with some hope of resolution with this new settlement agreement.
Awaiting court approval, this settlement agreement would vacate the regional furnace efficiency standards and restart the rulemaking process. This would provide interested parties the opportunity to give feedback throughout the new process. This settlement also provides the industry an 18-month sell-through period to comply with the January 1, 2015 efficiency standards for split system air conditioners. As a part of the settlement, the DOE has agreed not to penalize distributors as part of the standards enforcement.
The News recently published a great article on this issue. To read the full article, click here.