Upcoming DOE Regulation on Standard-Efficiency Furnaces

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Dear Neighbor-

Starting May 1st 2013, there will be stricter DOE Regulation on the efficiency of furnaces, boilers, and other HVAC equipment installed in the state of Washington.  The new rules come from the Federal Department of Energy, and although there was quite a bit of opposition to the law, with less than six weeks before the law is official, it would appear that the legislation is eminent.

Here’s a look behind the red tape at what these new rules mean for you:

-According to the new DOE Regulation, furnaces installed after May 1st 2013 will need to be High-Efficiency, at least 90 AFUE.  These units use less gas and electricity than traditional furnaces, however they cost about a thousand dollars more because they’re much more complex and relatively new technology.  Replacement parts for these units can cost up to twice as much as comparable parts for lower efficiency units, although as the technology continues to improve they will become more and more reliable.

-High-Efficiency Furnaces, Boilers, Water Heaters, and other “condensing” equipment have special installation requirements that can cost hundreds of dollars and double the amount of time it takes to install the unit.  Additionally, they can be more invasive of your home because they require additional venting and drip lines.

– With high-efficiency equipment becoming the new standard, existing tax credits for these systems will be discontinued at the end of the year, and possibly sooner.

To help our neighbors get the most for their money and avoid a tricky situation, we’re offering our lowest price ever on standard-efficiency furnaces all the way through April 30.

Here’s our promise:  under two-thousand dollars.  This price includes all labor, the furnace itself, a new thermostat, a duct-pressure test (to maximize the performance of your new system), and any additional materials needed for the job.

For those who are ready to step up to the next level of comfort and get a high-efficiency system, heat pump, or ductless system, we’re also offering great deals on these systems; combined with federal tax credits up to 1,200 dollars, now is the best time to invest in your home and your comfort.

Our bids are no-cost, no-obligation, like they always have been.  Give us a call today to schedule a visit, I’ll come out in person and we can find the best solution for you.


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Ken Marr