Carrier Introduces Ultra-Low NOx Gas Furnace
This winter Carrier introduces its ultra-low nitrogen oxides (NOx) gas furnace in its non-condensing 80 percent efficiency models. Two models – a 60,000 and an 80,000 BTUh furnace – have been developed to meet California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) Ultra Low NOx Rule 1111 and Rule 4905, respectively, which require NOx emissions of less than 14 nanograms per joule. These new models will cut emissions by approximately 65 percent from the older low NOx standard.
“Carrier has invested significantly over the past several years in this product to meet these new emissions requirements and is proud to serve this unique segment demand,” said Todd Nolte, director, product marketing, Carrier Residential. “The deadline to meet this requirement draws closer each day, and we’re pleased to introduce our first products to what we expect to be a comprehensive product portfolio.”
Homeowners aren’t required to install an ultra-low NOx furnace until October 2019. After that date, all replacement and new furnaces within the included districts require the ultra-low NOx designation. Currently, homeowners and builders must pay a mitigation fee for installing a furnace that fails to meet the requirement. The fees range from $225 to $400 depending on the system type, BTU range and when the furnace is installed. The mitigation fees are scheduled to be phased out in October 2019.
To meet the state’s ambitious emissions reductions goals, Ultra Low NOx furnaces must reduce emissions from the state’s current standard 40 nanograms per joule to 14 nanograms per joule.
Customers can receive a $500 rebate when installed in SCAQMD by filing for the rebate at http://www.cleanairfurnacerebate.com/ while funds last. Carrier expects to introduce additional gas furnace capacity ranges in 2019 to meet the ultra-low NOx designation. By 2020, Carrier plans to offer a full, competitive lineup across all capacities and models.