Ultra Low NOx Compliance Advisory for Homeowners in California

Beginning on October 1, 2019, condensing and non-condensing furnaces sold or supplied within the boundaries of The South Coast Air Quality Management District must comply with a NOx Emission limit of 14ng/J. Due to EPA regulations, manufacturers, installers and distributors will no longer be allowed to offer, install or sell non-compliant condensing or non-condensing furnaces. Read on to learn more about how this new regulation will affect homeowners in Chino, California, and the surrounding areas.

What is NOx, and is it Harmful?

Firstly, NOx describes reactive and toxic greenhouse gases. When heat burns fuel, it emits nitrogen oxide gases. The EPA has determined these nitrogen oxides contribute to ground-level ozone, respiratory problems, acid rain, smog and toxic chemicals in the atmosphere. Ultra-Low NOx refers to emission limits determined by local EPA standards on products, and they vary for heating equipment.

Emissions Regulations

Due to these new furnace regulations, any heating equipment installed or purchased must follow the new Ultra-Low NOx EPA standards. Replacing traditional residential gas furnaces with Ultra-Low NOx or zero-emission heating solutions will reduce greenhouse emissions. As a result, it’ll help California reach its goal of significantly lower emissions by 2030.

How Do I Know if the HVAC Ultra-Low NOx Regulations are in My Area?

South Coast Air Quality Management District states that the specific areas affected will be portions of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and all of Orange County. To find out more about the affected areas, please visit South Coast AQMD. If you have any further questions regarding Rule 1111, please contact Area Sources Hotline at 909-396-2390.

Rebate Programs

Finally, South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board approved the CLEANair Furnace Rebate Program. SCAQMD is offering rebates of up to $500 to residents who purchase and install a compliant furnace that meets the SCAQMD Rule 1111 NOx emission limit of 14 ng/J.

The first 6,000 compliant furnaces purchased and installed will qualify for up to a $500 rebate. Compliant furnaces purchased and installed thereafter will qualify for a rebate of $300 for a condensing furnace and $200 for non-condensing weatherized or mobile home furnace. For more information, please visit CLEANair Furnace Rebate Program.

Metz Air Control is happy to help with all of your heating needs. Do you need to schedule a furnace installation? Contact us today at 909-614-4125. As a result, you’ll receive excellent service and exceptional products.

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