Two HVAC Regulations NJ Businesses Need to Know

HVAC RegulationsFor businesses, an understanding of HVAC regulations is critical the success of staying energy efficient and saving money. But, it can be confusing to keep up with the HVAC industry, especially when you have an operation to run (and you’re not in the business of HVAC). Worry not! We’ve got you covered with an overview of the things you need to know, now.

Effective January 1, 2018, the two upcoming policies that will have an impact on commercial HVAC users include the new refrigerant regulations as well as the new energy efficiency standards.

Refrigerant Regulations for Commercial and Residential HVAC

According to the Kigali Agreement, signatories agreed to transition to using refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP) in an effort to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons and treat ozone-depleting substances (HFCs and ODSs) in the U.S. and Canada. Why?

In addition to protecting the ozone layer, the EPA estimates that the updated requirements will decrease annual greenhouse gas emissions by 7.3 million MTCO2e— which is equivalent to taking 1.5 million cars off the road per year.

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for a Commercial HVAC

Scheduled to come into effect January 2018, the new energy conservation standards will have a large impact on overall energy consumption. In fact, many experts predict, it will be the biggest impact that we’ve seen in energy-saving standard history. Set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), these standards are set for commercial air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces.

Marking the first stage in a two-stage process, January 2018 requirements are expected to reduce consumption by 13%. By 2023 (five years later), new commercial HVAC units will be required to increase efficiency to 30%. The DOE estimates 1.7 trillion kWh will be saved over 30 years and building operators can expect to save between $4,200-$10,100 over the lifespan of their equipment.

To provide a more complete picture of equipment efficiencies, metrics are changing from EER to IEER (integrated energy efficiency ratio). EER refers to the cooling output of equipment divided by the total energy consumption and can be measured at any given operating capacity. IEER refers to the rating of EER at a weighted calculation of four different capacities and is used as a representation for part-load performance. Because of the higher part-load IEER systems, businesses may experience higher initial costs, but ultimately lower operating costs.

These standards extend to new rooftop air conditioners and split systems for low-rise buildings such as schools, retail outlets, restaurants and hospitals. And businesses need to start preparing now.

Stay in the Know with Brown’s NJ Commercial Heating, Cooling and Plumbing

You have a business to run; let the experts at Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing take care of worrying about mandates and HVAC regulations. We offer commercial HVAC solutions and 24/7 emergency HVAC services for businesses throughout Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey. Our professional technicians have experience with a wide variety of problems and are ready to help! Give us a call at 732-741-0694.

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