Do these new government regulations affect you?
 
Is Now the Right Time to Replace Your Furnace?

 

Back in 2007, the United States Congress passed a bill called the Energy Security and Independence Act (the “2007 Energy Bill”). This bill set a new precedent by allowing the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop regional standards for the installation of heating and cooling equipment based on location. In northern states like ours, high-efficiency furnaces are required after May 1, 2013. In short, all new furnace installations will be required to have a 90% (or better) energy efficiency rating after this date.

 

There are a few things to keep in mind when considering the installation of new higher efficiency heating and cooling systems, including equipment space constraints, exhaust venting requirements and condensate disposal. For example, the high efficiency systems require PVC flue pipes and internal drainage for condensation that builds up in the pipes – all items your current system may not have.

 

So, if you’ve been thinking about having a new heating system installed in the near future, it may make a lot of sense to analyze the costs and benefits of installing that new system now before next year’s deadline. For consumers who don’t want to pay the extra money up front for the highest efficiency ratings, they may want to have an 80% furnace installed prior to May 1st.

 

On the other hand, the slightly higher upfront cost of installing a 90% efficient may be well worth the short-term burden. These high efficiency furnaces can save you a lot of money over their lifetime and can help put a real dent in your monthly energy bills. So, as always when it comes to decisions about home improvement projects, you will have to carefully weigh the options based on your individual needs and priorities.

 

If you need help or a recommendation on the type of furnace to install, you can always reach out to us here at BelRed. We’d be glad to discuss the benefits of any of these options and help personalize a plan for you.

 

Here is a story from a similar northern state, Indiana, that further illustrates these upcoming changes. 

 
Carbon Monoxide Detectors REQUIRED
after January 1st

 

A new Washington State carbon monoxide (CO) detector code takes effect January 1st, 2013. This new code requires carbon monoxide alarms be installed on each floor of a home and outside each bedroom or sleeping area of the home.

 

For new construction, the code will take effect in conjunction with the new build. For existing homes and dwellings, these carbon monoxide detectors will have to be installed when major alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit occur. This includes most HVAC or plumbing work that is done to existing homes. For now, exterior surface work such as roof or siding replacement or the addition of replacement windows or does not fall under these guidelines. This addition to the 2011 law requiring carbon monoxide detectors in new builds also extends that requirement to all existing residences, including apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories and residential institutions.

 

This is also something to be thinking about if you are in the process of buying or selling a new home. Some appraisers are looking for the carbon monoxide alarms and calling for them to be installed before closing on the house.  If you’re buying a home, make sure the seller is aware that this is best done prior to the appraisal.  Should the appraiser have to return for another inspection, the buyer may have to pay for the additional inspection just because of the initial lack of these detectors.

 

If you have an existing home that does not have carbon monoxide detectors on every floor and near every bedroom, it may be a good idea to take that step regardless of home improvement projects. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled and can kill a person in minutes. It can quickly build up to unsafe levels in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas. In fact, carbon monoxide killed over 1,000 Washington residents between 1990 and 2005. CO alarms are relatively inexpensive, and are well worth the cost.

 

Carbon monoxide problems have historically been thought of to only be present in homes with gas heat and/or attached garages. However, the new law underlines that this is not the case, as these types of single-family homes are included on the list of required dwellings the new law affects.

 

You can learn more about carbon monoxide and other comfort and safety essentials on the BelRed site.

 
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How long have you been with BelRed Energy Solutions?

 

5 years. 

 

What was your background before you came to work for us?

 

Wholesale distributor of business telephone systems for 25 years. Real Estate Agent and Investor for 5 years.

 

What do you like most about your job?

 

Solving my customers’ comfort and efficiency concerns, and providing excellent customer service.

 

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