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New Efficiency Standards for Residential Water Heaters

As of April 16th, 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy requires higher energy factor ratings on almost all residential water heating products. These include water heaters gas fired, oil fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas fired, and instantaneous electric heaters.

The largest noticeable changes are made in tanks with larger capacities and high-efficiency condensing gas water heaters. Several of the issues that arise with this new mandate are the size of the tanks in smaller homes, the requirement for more insulation for piping and fittings, and these heaters can be significantly heavier than standard models. Potentially, oil-fired products may need extra insulation, flue dampers, or even new combustion systems. Gas-fired models might need a new venting system or draining system for condensate. And for those with Electronic cycling, the EF (energy efficient) models could potentially create more noise than standard models.

What does this mean for you?

Ed Turek states, “The heater sizes have gotten bigger by about 2″ in height and diameter. Where we run into the biggest challenge is with 55 gallon or larger heaters. Manufactures have had to redesign heaters to meet the new standards and thus the cost of heaters has gone up considerably. Large electric heaters now have heat pumps and this will cause considerable installation changes and associated cost.”

However, no reason to fear, Turek’s Plumbing has accommodated to these new changes with ease. Our service department is aware of the new regulations. They are educating our customers on higher efficiency options, explaining the mandate, making arrangements for new installations, and encouraging energy efficient systems. This makes you as the consumer feel more comfortable with your decisions every time you turn on hot water.

Although the upfront costs have increased with this new mandate, the long term effects on your heating bill plus the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel decreases. Turek’s Plumbing offers solutions that best fit your lifestyle and will always provide outstanding customer service with a positive attitude on every project. If you have any questions regarding this new government mandate please do not hesitate to call us. We will gladly answer any questions you may have.

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