St. Louis High Efficiency Furnace Laws to Change May 1, 2013

December 18th, 2012 by

If you live in the St. Louis area, furnace laws are about to change regarding the type of furnace you can install in your home. As of May 1, 2013, all new furnaces installed in St. Louis area homes must be 90% efficient or greater. Regional standards were developed by the U.S. Department of Energy with the idea of making homes more energy efficient in regards to their utility bills. St. Louis falls into the northern zone, which means the new furnace laws apply to this area.

Why Does The Furnace Installation Law Matter To Me In St. Louis?

This law is important for a variety of reasons. At this point, homeowners have options on the type of furnace you can install in your home. A traditional furnace typically vents through a metal vent, either through the roof or up a masonry chimney. The new high-efficiency furnaces vent through plastic PVC pipe, which means it usually needs to be run through the basement and out the side of your home. This is fine if you have an open basement, but if your basement is finished, it may mean tearing out walls and ceilings to install a new furnace.

High efficiency furnaces are also condensing furnaces, which means they drain water much like your air conditioner coil does in the summer. This is especially important if you have a furnace installed in an attic. Since it drains water, there is the possibility the drain may freeze during the cold St. Louis winters. That could mean the furnace can drain all over your ceilings, which would create incredible damage to your home.

What Should I Do About My Furnace In St. Louis?

The first step is to go and look at your existing furnace. If you see a metal vent coming from the top of your furnace, and your furnace is over 10 years old, it may be time to get an estimate to replace your furnace. The high efficiency models required by law tend to be more expensive than a traditional furnace, so you can save some money by replacing your furnace now. Call C & G Heating and Cooling, and our Comfort Specialist will be able to talk to you about the options to replace the furnace in your St. Louis home.