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Unless you’re an HVAC professional, you probably missed the latest US Department of Energy (DOE) announcement concerning the new Fan Energy Rating (FER) for residential gas furnaces and gas packaged units. Not to worry, we’re here to help you make sense of the guidelines and explain what they mean for you as you look for a new furnace or packaged unit.
FER stands for Fan Energy Rating. FER is a federal regulation that sets a minimum airflow efficiency standard for residential furnace fans and gas packaged units. These new guidelines are in place to encourage energy efficiency and help the environment. As of July 3, 2019, all HVAC manufacturers must comply with the DOE’s FER standard when manufacturing new equipment.
Just like SEER ratings for air conditioners, AFUE ratings for furnaces, and HSPF ratings for heat pumps, the DOE sets minimum energy efficiency standards as a way to encourage energy conservation and reduce pollution. So just what will these new standards accomplish? The DOE predicts the new FER standards for furnace fans will*:
As an industry leader in home comfort energy efficiency and HVAC innovation, Trane has committed to making some efficiency-boosting alterations to our collection of furnaces as well as introduce new ones so you’re guaranteed to get the comfort and efficiency you deserve. Trane furnace enhancements include:
The short answer is that these new standards can help lower your energy bill.
When buying a new furnace, energy efficiency should play a major role in your decision-making process. Of course, there are several factors and technical features that can affect a furnace’s overall efficiency. These factors, and the costs associated with each feature should be discussed with your local Trane dealer to get the best system for your home.
**Per DOE’s evaluation of economic impacts, as measured by the average life-cycle cost (LCC) savings and the median payback period (PBP). Table 1.2 https