U.S. relents on new furnace rules

  • Article by: JEFFREY TOMICH , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 8:34 PM

The requirement of high-efficiency furnaces had been set to take effect in May.

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bosshogJan. 17, 13 8:38 PM

So the American Public Gas Association is happy that people will be allowed to purchase furnaces that use more gas. What a surprise.

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rudo1212Jan. 17, 13 8:45 PM

If that nonsense ever passed, they can buy the damn thing for me and haul it up to my second floor furnace room while I sit and watch. This "going green" crap is out of control, courtesy of our exploding government and its bonehead regulations.

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LicoriceJan. 17, 13 9:36 PM

Good riddance to this boneheaded regulation, and I like to think of myself as someone who favors "green" options. Why not put some effort into multiple options that increase efficiency in various types of homes, instead of trying to force-fit condos and 100-year-old multistory homes with one-size-fits-all?

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FrankLJan. 17, 13 9:41 PM

While I enjoy my HE furnace, I can where there are problems. One of my colleagues looked into getting one, but because of the location of his furnace, he would have to break through 2 concrete walls to run the exhaust vent. His installation cost would be more than the furnace. In my Dad's city, they have a rule that condensate can't be put in the sewer, that it must be run outside. Thus, every installation has an expensive pump to get the water out of the basement. To add insult to injury, in cold weather the line freezes, causing the water to leak inside the house. These furnaces are not suitable for every situation.

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paige7Jan. 17, 13 9:57 PM

Classic America. We want ultra cheap fuel, but heaven forbid we increase fuel efficiency so that our resources last longer, the planet warms more slowly, and we save a few bucks in the long run. This is like the uproar over light bulb standards. People are so short-sighted.

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lalahemJan. 17, 1310:11 PM

The HE furnaces are appropriate for houses constructed post 1980, but not for houses like mine constructed in 1918. Perhaps I should just tear it down and start over, because that's so much less expensive.......

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heretical1Jan. 17, 1310:26 PM

Here's an idea...Why not scrap the whole "high efficiency" furnace idea. Let's assume the global warming folks are right, then eventually we won't need any furnaces at all because the climate will be warm enough to do away with winter. Sounds like an awesome plan to me.

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mglovettJan. 17, 1310:57 PM

We will tell you what kind of furnace to buy if you live up north. if you live down South we won't. Does either one of those sentences sound like freedom?

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antisuburbsJan. 18, 1312:32 AM

so nobody is forced to buy a new furnace? that's too bad... My landlord doesn't think a working furnace is a necessity, so I am sitting here in a 45 degree apartment with a space heater, wishing he would be required to replace it.

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huggybear28Jan. 18, 13 5:42 AM

Yet this administration says it is for the "middle class". Potentially issuing new rules that would cost the middle class thousands to replace their furnaces. I am all for saving energy but rules like this one are out of control. Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans cannot pay their gas/electric bills already. How do they expect them to find the money to replace a furnace?

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