DOE Proposal to Increase Standards Draws Commentary from ARI

December 15, 2000
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
WASHINGTON, DC — The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) has filed comments questioning the merits of a Department of Energy (DOE) proposal for new minimum efficiency standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps “when the vast majority of the U.S. consumers would not benefit from imposition of such standards.”

Comments recently filed by ARI with the DOE stated, “According to the Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis, 73% of consumers would not benefit from a 12 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for split central air conditioners. For split heat pumps, 61% of consumers would not benefit from a 13 SEER.”

In addition, ARI said that when looking at lower income households, the numbers are even more dramatic.

“On average, approximately 80% and 75% of low-income consumers would not benefit from a 12-SEER split air conditioner and a 13-SEER heat pump, respectively. Air conditioning is no longer a luxury but a necessity, including for many Americans living on low, and fixed incomes in both urban and rural settings.”

In its comments on DOE’s proposal to increase the minimum standard from 10 SEER effective January 1, 2006, ARI said the departments’ proposal “has serious shortcomings and does not justify the proposed standards.” Final action by the DOE on the proposed rule is expected in January.

Publication date: 12/18/2000

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

Recent Articles by Paula Liegl

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

More Podcasts



NEWS 04-14-14 cover

2014 April 14

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con