Changes for 2018 – Convenient Rebates, Rooftop Standards

Convenient Rebates

Goodman Manufacturing announced updates to its homeowner-oriented web sites, www.goodmanmfg.com and www.amana-hac.com. The sites now integrates rebates available based on a homeowner’s location into its web site layout. As customers (or you) search for products, rebates available in the local area will also populate.

Region-specific rebates can be searched on the sites by selecting Rebate Center under the Resources menu on each site.

Rooftop Energy Efficiency Standards are Changing

At the beginning of this year, 3 to 5 ton 13 SEER Packaged Units were discontinued, per Department of Energy regulation.

Beginning January 1, 2018, the performance measurement metric for 6 – 25 ton packaged units is being changed from EER to IEER (Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio). This change is expected to improve the energy efficiency of rooftop equipment by about 10%. Required minimum IEER are noted in the table below.

Updated IEER Ratings for Equipment Manufactured On/After January 1, 2018

Unit Min IEER
Cooling Only 6-10 T 12.9
12.5-20 T 12.4
25T 11.6
Gas/ Electric 6-10 T 12.7
12.5-20 T 12.2
25T 11.4
Heat Pump 6-10 T 12.2 (3.3 COP)
12.5-20 T 11.6 (3.2 COP)
25T 10.6 (3.2 COP)

What does this mean for your customers? According to an article in ACHR News, “a typical building owner [would save] $4,200-$10,100 over the life of a single rooftop air conditioner. For larger commercial buildings, the savings are significant.”

What does this mean for you? As stock of older rooftops runs out, it will be replaced by units that meet the now higher efficiency requirements. To improve IEER, which is a weighted average of four load points, manufacturers adjust how the equipment performs at 75% load and 50% load. This can be done by increasing the physical size of the system or, as our manufacturer partners are doing, by changing compressors and drives to provide more variable performance.

You are still able to purchase and install rooftops that meet current EER/IEER standards. However, these models are not allowed to be manufactured after January 1, 2018, so when we sell out of existing inventory, it is gone for good.

If you are an HVAC Distributors/HVAC Commercial Solutions customer with a current committed project with an extended lead time, please reach out to your Account Manager about product availability.

If you are an HVAC Distributors/HVAC Commercial Solutions customer interested in learning more about how our manufacturer partners are improving the energy efficiency of their rooftop products, or in how best to explain these changes to your customers, reach out to your Account Manager.

 

Last Call for 13 SEER Package Rooftop Units

Due to DOE Federal regulatory requirements, manufacturers must end production  of 13 SEER packaged rooftop products by December 31, 2016.

This change affects both Fraser-Johnston and Daikin rooftop units sold through HVAC Distributors & HVAC Commercial Solutions.

In preparation, manufacturers are making a “last call” for production to meet the needs of customers prior to the production deadline.

If you have project needs that may require 13 SEER packaged rooftop equipment, please contact your account manager as soon as possible to ensure that we can meet your project needs.

Specific Units Affected

  • Fraser-Johnston ZS series (3 – 5 ton) will transition to the ZD series
  • Fraser-Johnston XA series (3 – 5 ton) will transition to the XT series
  • Daikin DC series (3 – 5 ton) is affected. We will communicate details of Daikin’s transition plan as it is available.

DOE Finalizes Regional Standards Enforcement

Regional Map

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication of its finalized enforcement plan for the Regional Standard on central & single packaged air conditioners. At this time, there are no published enforcement standards for heat pumps.

Once the final rule is published, you will have 30 days to comply with the enforcement plan. The plan is listed below. Please note, the dates are tentative, pending publication of the Final Rule of the Enforcement Plan in the Federal Register.

As a contractor, if you are installing split system or package air conditioning product in the Southeast or Southwest region, effective around July 11, 2016, you will need to ensure that you are maintaining the following information about the units:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model Number
  • Serial Number
  • Date unit was purchased
  • Contact information from whom the unit was purchased (distributor contact info)
  • Date the unit was sold
  • Contact information of the purchaser (name/ address/ phone number of the homeowner)
  • Delivery address (if applicable/different from the purchaser’s contact info)
  • Installation location and contact information (name & address where the unit was installed)

You will need to maintain this information for 4 years.

For further information on DOE Regional Standards, click here.