Plans to require new high efficiency furnaces on ice - KCTV5

Plans to require new high efficiency furnaces on ice

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The federal government's plan to require homeowners to get high efficiency furnaces installed is on hold.

This has put on ice some local furnace companies' education advertising campaigns.

"I guess I'm use to what comes out of Washington now. You don't know what's going to happen next," said Glen Posladek, president of A.B. May. "We were really surprised because we've been telling people for months that the rules were changing ... We were really surprised to get an email on Sunday saying, 'Just kidding.'"

Starting in May, the federal government was going to require residents of 30 states to have furnaces or boilers with 90 percent efficiency. Opponents said residents would switch to electric to kerosene haters than paying for expensive modifications to their home furnace systems or chimneys.

Most furnaces in the Kansas City area have an 80 percent efficiency rating, Posladek said.

The Department of Energy is going to start the process anew. Homeowners can still pay the money now to upgrade their standard furnace as a way to save money in the long run, heating experts say.

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