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FTC Updates Labeling Requirement
September 14, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a final rule on labeling requirements related to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) from November 2, 2015. The FTC also released a NOPR requiring labels for electric instantaneous water heaters. The following changes were made:

Online Database: The final rule requires manufactures to provide a link to the online labels for their products, effective one year after the rule is published. The links can either be submitted during the initial certification process with the Department of Energy (DOE) or at the next annual report date. Links to PDF documents generated from the AHRI Certification Directory will be acceptable.

Heating and Cooling Equipment: The label requirement for regional standards will be effective nine months after the rule is published. The final rule made only one minor change to the proposed rule to adjust the low end of the SEER scale to 13 in the northern states and 14 for other states.

Water Heaters: The final label requirement will be effective nine months after the rule is published. Changes were made from the proposed rule. The label identifies usage bins and uses the First Hour Rating (FRH) range instead of the proposed “hourly hot water output.” The FTC also released a NOPR requiring labels for electric instantaneous water heaters that will be effective within 180 days of the final rule.

This final rule and NOPR were released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) conversion factor supplemental NOPR, which will establish a bridge between the former test procedure and the current Uniform Efficiency Descriptor (UED) test procedure, and convert the existing minimum efficiency standards based to the new metrics.


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