December 2023 Newsletter

A Word from our President


by – Luke Parthemer-Fenix Heating & Cooling

           I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  We are rolling through this year quickly and coming up on a new year.  

           Thank you Jim Nichols for stopping by and talking to our group about ECM motors, he gave us lots of information moving forward.  Everyone who attended got a 1 hour non-code credit for this renewal year.  

            We don’t have a general meeting this month, but in it’s place we are doing our Christmas party.  The Christmas party last year was a fun time with great food, door prizes and fun playing cornhole.  We hope to see everyone next Wednesday 12/13/23 for this years party.  Below is the information on the Christmas part and a picture of some of the awesome door prizes we will be giving away.

           January we will be having Tom Roberts as the guest speaker.  He will be bring a lot of information about the upcoming changes with freon.  January meeting 1/18/2024, make sure to get your reservations in.

Please feel free to email or call Luke at (316) 945-4842 or with any concerns or questions.

November’s  General Meeting

  Thank you Claire from Johnstone for getting Jim Nichols from Regal in to talk about ECM motors.  Jim had a lot of information to give us and it was helpful to many.  BIG congratulations to Luke Witt with Cold Controls for winning the $100 CASH!

Hope to see you @ future meetings!! All general meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month except August & December.

2023/2024 Meetings

December             CHRISTMAS PARTY 12/13/23 @ 5:00
                              See Flyer below for details
January 18th         Tom Roberts, 1hr non-code
                              @ Scotch
February 15th        Stoney W/MABCD, 1hr code
                               @ Scotch
March 21st             Key Refrigeration, 1hr non-code
                               @ Scotch
April 18th                WTI @ WTI
May 16th                WSU Tech @ WSU Tech
June 20th               Darrell Bogner, 1hr non-code
                               @ Scotch
Reminder to RSVP on website @

This list is subject to change due to speakers not able to make the date we have selected for them.

Look at these awesome door prizes for our upcoming Christmas party.  Thank you to our awesome suppliers/schools for these door prizes.  I am still waiting on a few more to trickle in but we have some GREAT prizes to give away.

Mandating High-Efficiency Furnaces Will Limit Consumer Choice, Critics in HVAC Industry Say

Furnace Rule ‘Doesn’t Pencil Out’

By Matt Jachman

HIGH EFFICIENCY: New, non-weatherized, gas-fueled residential furnaces will have to be at least 95% efficient, beginning in late 2028, under a rule finalized by the Department of Energy in September. (File photo)
October 30, 2023

Barton James has a problem with a new federal government edict regarding residential gas furnaces.

James, president and CEO of ACCA, said the recently issued U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rule requiring new residential gas furnaces to have a minimum 95% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), beginning in late 2028, is misguided and doesn’t account for the realities of differences in home construction, household budgets, and the weather in various parts of the country.

“The agenda of the Biden administration on decarbonization, electrification, is just — it’s out of control,” James said during a phone interview.

ACCA represents some 3,000 HVAC companies and roughly 60,000 professionals in the industry.

Being required to purchase high-efficiency condensing furnaces, which are more costly than other models and often require home modifications because of the need for sidewall venting, “doesn’t pencil out” for consumers in all cases, James said. In addition, he said, the rule could leave traditional residential gas water heaters “stranded” because they still need to be vented vertically; other critics have pointed out that some homes are constructed in ways that make sidewall venting difficult or even impossible

The DOE’s residential furnace rule, issued in late September, takes effect 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. Once effective, manufacturers will have five years to ensure that all new, non-weatherized residential furnaces meet the new 95% AFUE minimum.

DOE estimates that the efficiency rule, over 30 years, will cut carbon emissions from furnaces, which contribute to global warming, by 332 million metric tons, and will save consumers nearly $25 billion in energy costs.

“At the direction of Congress, DOE is continuing to review and finalize energy standards for household appliances, such as residential furnaces, to lower costs for working families by reducing energy use and slashing harmful pollutants in homes across the nation,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in a press release.

James said that, instead, the government should let the market decide.

“It should be consumer choice,” James said. “I have no doubt that the contractor is going to lay that (high-efficiency furnaces) out as an option.”

James also made a pitch for increased HVAC installation standards and greater enforcement of mechanical codes as ways to save energy.

“There’re great products out there that are really efficient if installed correctly,” he said.

Others in the industry had more muted reactions to the DOE rule.

“We were disappointed to see DOE finalize the rule; we don’t believe DOE properly evaluated the true cost to the consumers in the replacement furnace market,” wrote Alex Ayers, the director of government affairs at Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), in an email.

Ayers said the rule will drive “fuel switching” around the country as homeowners for whom replacing a furnace with a high-efficiency model isn’t feasible choose heat pumps instead.

“While heat pumps are a growing market on their own merits, this will effectively eliminate consumer choice for many homeowners and drive them to electrification,” he said.

At the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), which represents manufacturers, Francis Dietz, vice president for public affairs, said the group is not taking a position on the final rule. But, he said, it’s possible that the rule will prompt some consumers to keep older, less efficient furnaces longer than they would have otherwise, thus reducing the predicted overall energy savings that will be achieved through the rule.

“Time will tell if that is the case with this rule,” Dietz said in an email.

James, however, said he’s hopeful that the 95% AFUE rule will someday be overturned.

“I’m hopeful that common sense will prevail,” he said.

Is a reversal possible?

“Absolutely,” James said. “Nothing’s certain in D.C.”

KEYWORDS: efficiency standardsfurnace efficiencyfurnace standardsgas furnacesHigh Efficiency HVAC Systemshigh-efficiency furnace

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