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URGENT NOTICE: Regarding thru-the-wall gas-fired furnaces (ie.: Allied Air Magic-Pak)

September 24, 2012

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has amended the Regulations to require dealers to comply with more stringent minimum energy performance standards for residential gas furnaces, imported or shipped inter-provincially, for sale or lease in Canada. This amendment was included in Canada's Clean Air Regulatory Agenda and accompanying Notice of Intent as published in the Canada Gazette October 21, 2006. British Columbia's energy efficiency regulations require all new residential constructions using gas furnaces to be a minimum of 90% AFUE as of January 1, 2008. Gas furnaces installed in existing dwellings are required to meet the level by December 31, 2009.

For thru-the-wall gas-fired furnaces only, the regulation will come into effect on December 31, 2012. For those contractors that have committed to projects using Allied Air Magic-Pak units, the effective deadline is coming fast and as such we urge you to make arrangements to order and RECEIVE these units BEFORE Dec 31/2012.

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How compliant is the equipment you're purchasing?

Notice to Contractors:

When purchasing equipment, ensure that it carries at least one of the following labels to ensure compliance with local standards:

CSA
CSA-US
CSA_CUS
Meets Canadian Standards
Meets U.S. Standards
Meets U.S. and Canadian Standards
CSA
CSA
CSA
Meets Canadian Standards for Gas Appliances
Meets U.S. Standards for Gas Appliances
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Important notice on Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters warranty

Rinnai's line of Tankless Water heaters are not CSA-approved for use in closed loop space heating systems. Rinnai will not warrant Tankless Water Heaters installed after May 1, 2008 in such applications (detailed definitions of closed loop vs. open loop can be found in the bulletin below).

Here are some important points to keep in mind about this issue:

  1. Rinnai will honor warranties for units installed prior to May 1, 2008 in closed loops.
  2. The reason for this change of policy has nothing to do with technical or safety concerns. It is strictly a code issue.
  3. Local inspectors vary in their adoption and interpretation of the CSA code. But Rinnai must conform its own policies with what they know the CSA standard to be and with the intended application of their tankless water heater products, which is potable water heating or a combination of potable water and space heating, but NOT space heating only.
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Local Standards

Notice to Contractors/Homeowners:

When purchasing equipment, ensure that it carries at least one of the following labels to ensure compliance with local standards:

CSA
CSA-US
CSA_CUS
Meets Canadian Standards
Meets U.S. Standards
Meets U.S. and Canadian Standards
CSA
CSA
CSA
Meets Canadian Standards for Gas Appliances
Meets U.S. Standards for Gas Appliances
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Ventilation Codes

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Canada Standards Act

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Building Standards and Codes

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Air Conditioning Sizing Guide and Energy Efficiency Rating Chart

The following guide is based on normal room insulation, average number of sun exposed windows and two person occupancy:

Area to be cooled
in Sq. Ft.
Approximate cooling
BTU/H required
100 – 150 5,000
150 – 250 6,000
250 – 300 7,000
300 – 350 8,000
350 – 400 9,000
400 – 450 10,000
450 – 550 12,000
550 – 700 14,000
700 – 1,000 18,000
1,000 – 1,200 21,000
1,200 – 1,400 23,000
1,400 – 1,500 24,000
1,500 – 2,000 30,000
2,000 – 2,500 34,000

  1. If heavily shaded – reduce capacity 10%.
  2. Very sunny – add 10%.
  3. Add 500 BTU/H per person over two (2) people.
  4. Add 4,000 BTU/H if area is a kitchen.

HOW IMPORTANT IS E.E.R. TO THE ROOM AIR CONDITIONER CUSTOMER?

BTU E.E.R. RATINGS AND THE COST OF OPERATION
7.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 11.0 12.0
6,000 $116 $101 $90 $81 $74 $68
8,000 $154 $135 $120 $108 $98 $90
10,000 $193 $169 $150 $135 $123 $112
12,000 $231 $203 $180 $162 $147 $135
14,000 $270 $236 $210 $189 $172 $158
16,000 $309 $270 $240 $216 $196 $180
18,000 $347 $304 $270 $243 $221 $203
20,000 $386 $338 $300 $270 $245 $225
22,000 $424 $371 $330 $297 $270 $247
24,000 $463 $405 $360 $324 $295 $270
28,000 $540 $473 $420 $378 $344 $315

Note:

Based on 750 hours at 18¢ per kilowatt hour – annual cost of operation.

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