Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) has sent a message to manufacturers and installers of gas furnaces in Canada.
What this means to Canadian consumers:
Gas furnaces installed in Canada effective December 12, 2019 must meet the new minimum requirements as described in the Energy Efficiency Act. Consumers need to be aware that less efficient units may be flooding the market in manufacturer’s attempts to liquidate their old stock.
Message from the HRAI: This message is intended to clarify the new requirements for residential gas furnaces contained in Amendment 15 to the federal Energy Efficiency Regulations, which was published in the Canada Gazette II on June 12, 2019. NRCan has advised HRAI that they have been hearing about some confusion in the field about the new requirements.
The federal government has set the new minimum standard for gas furnaces at 95% AFUE. Effective December 12, 2019, any product with a date of manufacture after July 3, 2019, must meet the 95% AFUE level.
As an example, after December 12, 2019, a 90% AFUE furnace that was manufactured on August 2nd cannot be shipped into the country or across provincial borders for the purpose of sale or lease.
For product manufactured in Canada, shipments will be subject to the federal regulation at any provincial border. Where provincial regulations exist for those products, they would apply well.
About the Regulation:
Regulations Amending the Energy Efficiency Regulations
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a non-profit national trade association of manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors in the Canadian heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industries.