Settlement Reached in Regional Standards Lawsuit (cont.)
With the filing of this week's settlement of the Regional Standards lawsuit, a few questions have arisen regarding what the settlement will mean.
What will the Central Air-Conditioning Standard be in the South and Southwest?
On January 1, 2015 the efficiency standard for central air-conditioners in the South will be 14-SEER. In the Southwest, that standard will be 14 SEER and 12.2 EER for systems smaller than 45,000 Btu, and 14 SEER and 11.7 EER for systems larger than 45,000 Btu.
What about the heat pump standard?
As of Jan. 1, 2015, national efficiency standards will be 14 SEER and 8.2 HSPF for split-system heat pumps; 14 SEER and 8.0 HSPF for single-package heat pumps; 13 SEER and 7.7 HSPF for small duct, high velocity systems; 12 SEER for space-constrained air conditioners; and 12 SEER and 7.4 EER for space-constrained heat pumps.
Will there be an 18-month sell through for heat pumps?
Because heat pumps have a base national standard (and no regional standard), a distributor will not be limited in the amount of time it takes to fully deplete inventory of heat pumps manufactured prior to January 1, 2015.
In N + 1 the "N" is the nominal amount of cooling/heating units required in a building. The "+ 1" refers to an additional HVAC unit as a redundant backup to all others.
Example: A calculation is performed to decide the amount in tons that a building requires. The result is 12 tones. To achieve this the over does not want to use one 12-ton unit, but rather three 4-ton units of four 3-ton units. The N + 1 requirement would give the building contractor the option to put four 4-ton units of five 4-ton units to provide a redundant unit.
You confirmed it. What do our customers want to know about HVAC? . . . Nothing! The Occupants, Dealers and Manufacturers do not wake up in the morning wondering what size duct should go on their buildings, the voltage needed at the site, or if the filters need to be changed. Yet those are three of the most common causes of HVAC service calls. Can we expect absolutely no problems from an HVAC system? Wishful thinking! In most cases the HVAC unit is the only mechanical item on the building. It is totally dependent on us for the proper application and use. Size the duct or registers wrong and you will get hot/cold complaints from the occupants. Connect low site power to the unit, and its capacity is reduced, compressors burn out, and/or the high pressure switches trip. Allow dirty filters, and the coil freezes from restricted airflow. Many of us in the industry are not interested in the technical part . . . just the end result. That end result…
Yesterday the US District Court of Appeals approved a
settlement in the long-running Regional Efficiency Standards lawsuit. The
settlement was presented to the court in March after more than two years of
litigation. Following the settlement, HARDI COO/EVP Talbot Gee stated "We
are pleased to see the court accept this settlement and officially provide
HVACR distributors with the relief HARDI fought so hard for." He added,
"Now, our attention turns to working with our industry partners and the
DOE to reform the processes that led to the lawsuit and to find a common-sense
solution to enforcing the standard."
As part of the settlement: DOE
has withdrawn the residential gas furnace standard and will draft a new
standard, which will likely not take effect until 2021 or 2022.Distributors
in the South and Southwest will have 18-months (July 1, 2016) to sell any
13-SEER equipment which is manufactured by the end of 2014.DOE
has agreed not to assess ci…