As Heatcraft continues to execute a “Roadmap to DOE Compliance” for 2019 – 2020, a number of questions surrounding Heatcraft’s new product availability, equipment compliance and release of information may be on customers’ minds. Heatcraft is actively preparing for the release of market leading products that ensure customers’ business continuity is not compromised due to the upcoming regulatory changes.
An important step in preparing for impending DOE regulations beginning January 1, 2020, is supplying customers with timely data for new models to help them establish plans for their businesses as well. Heatcraft has been paving a path to compliant products that meet upcoming Annual Walk-In Energy Factor (AWEF) minimum efficiency standards since 2014.
To ensure customers will have the data they need to make the transition to DOE compliant products, Heatcraft will be releasing technical data and collateral for new medium and low temp condensing units and package unit models in Q3 of 2019. Technical data and collateral for affected unit coolers will be released in Q1 and Q2 of 2020.
What is driving the change to current DOE regulatory standards for commercial refrigeration? The primary objectives of implementing AWEF efficiency metrics are to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the United States. Affected Heatcraft condensing units and unit coolers will be compliant before mandated compliance dates. Additionally, refrigerant R-404A will be included in new condensing unit and unit cooler model releases, with the exception of the large unit cooler product line. Package units will be released with R-448A refrigerant only, to meet current and upcoming refrigerant regulations.
Heatcraft has created a number of resources which are available online. These resources will be continuously updated as 2020 approaches. These resources include: