Fans and Blowers

THE PRODUCTS:

Commercial and industrial fans and blowers are used in a wide variety of applications such as commercial building HVAC systems, commercial kitchen exhaust systems, industrial processes, and agricultural ventilation.
 

THE STANDARD:

There are currently no minimum efficiency standards for commercial and industrial fans. In 2015, a DOE-convened stakeholder working group reached consensus on a number of items related to potential test procedures and standards for commercial and industrial fans. However, DOE has not yet published a proposed rule for either test procedures or standards. In 2017, the California Energy Commission (CEC) opened a new docket to begin considering standards for fans. 

KEY FACTS:

The efficiency of a fan varies widely across its operating range (i.e. airflow and pressure points), and a fan with a very efficient design can perform very inefficiently if not properly applied. Therefore, improved fan selection represents a huge opportunity for energy savings. Additional opportunities for energy savings include improved aerodynamic design and more-efficient transmission, motors, and motor controllers.

Projected Savings

Fans and Blowers Potential Standards
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CO2 savings (million metric tons):
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Net present value savings ($billion) 7% discount rate:

Timeline

Federal Date States
EPACT Initial Federal Legislation Enacted 1992

Timeline reflects state standards from 2001 to present; federal standards from inception to present.