The Star Ledger Features Bonnie Bornstein Fertel
Gas Furnace Efficiency Standards Mandate

Read highlights from Bonnie's interview by journalist Elliot Caroom-as published October 21st, 2012 NJ Star Ledger 2015.

A side note: This ruling was not passed by the regulatory commission. 

New natural gas furnace standards will raise bar for efficiency

By Eliot Caroom/The Star-Ledger
October 21, 2012

Excerpted from the article - (The group warned that banishing non-condensing furnaces could "wreak havoc on hundreds of millions of dollars worth of inventory and shorten supplies of residential heating equipment in the North". You can read the full article here.

That concern is shared by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel, vice president of Bornstein Sons, a third-generation business that serves Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Union and Essex counties.

She doesn’t just worry about unsold inventory; though–she also worries about the cost burden for people who live in condos, townhouses or singe-family homes with a furnace in a finished basement.

"Your flue gases have to be vented through a PVC pipe to the exterior of your home," Fertel said. "You’ve got all that piping...depending on the layout you could be adding several thousand dollars.")

In the initial interview, Bonnie sited many reasons a homeowner might want to consider replacing an older, inefficient furnace, besides the obvious reason of reduced energy costs, including but not limited to the fact that "local distributors of major heating equipment will most likely reduce their inventory as we near the mandate date" making the furnaces scarce".

As far as  costly additional piping required to faciliatate the repair (as mentioned briefly in her statement) a furnace located in the middle of a large finished basement that might require venting the PVC flue to the exterior could indeed add a significant cost to the installation; however many homeowners may find that there furnaces are near the exterior and often "we're able to run the piping within a drop ceiling, which would not result in carpentry to conceal the piping."

However, Bonnie added "our customer base knows that a furnace failure resulting in replacement can be done the very next day; however, the closer we get to the mandate the sooner it should be done for those that are aware replacement this year is evidenced by last year's recommendations."

Bonnie feels that alarming consumers is not our goal we just want our customer base to be educated...we certainly are not suggesting the homeowner take the "throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater approach!

Learn more on our website about the "then mandate for 2013 Minimum Efficiency Standards here.


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