Residential Dehumidifiers

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On May 21, 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for dehumidifiers. This test procedure rulemaking for dehumidifiers includes proposed amendments to the existing test procedure and would establish a new test procedure. The proposed amendments twould add clarifications for equipment setup during testing and would correct the calculations for active mode energy use and integrated energy factor. The proposed appendix would specify testing at a lower ambient temperature, add a measure of fan-only mode energy consumption, and include testing methodology for whole-home dehumidifiers. Additionally, the test procedure rulemaking would clarify the definitions of covered products, amend the certification requirements, add verification instructions for the capacity measurement, and make editorial corrections.