On April 2015, new water heater efficiency standards went into effect. This is part of a country-wide initiative to improve the efficiency of a wide range of heating appliances, including gas, propane and electric water heaters in both residences and businesses. Because we are a leading service provider of hot water systems in the greater Peoria area, we want to clear up any confusion that you may have, as well as answer any questions. You can always give us a call to get candid advice about how these mandates and regulations will affect your day-to-day around the house.
- Why is this happening? The chief reason for this initiative stems from an effort to make the design of tank and tankless water heaters increasingly energy efficient. This cuts down on the amount of energy that each home or business uses. Considering how many water heaters operate everyday in this country, that adds up!
- How does this benefit me? Well, one of the most common concerns that homeowners have is reducing the cost of living. Hot water accounts for up to $600 of your hard-earned dollars every year. Even reducing that by a fraction could equal up to thousands of dollars over the course of a water heater’s service life.
- What do I need to know? If you don’t need a new water heater, then you don’t have to do much of anything. But if you’re in the market for a new water heater, then you should be prepared for a few design changes, potentially including the integration of blowers, fans, condensers and other new components. The standard water heater may also be a bit larger than those built before this new initiative, and it may need to be located somewhere different within the home.
If you’re curious, a more detailed account of this Federal standard may be found here in an article by Candace Roulo for Contractor magazine.
Have questions? We’re here to answer them. Call us today for all of your water heater service needs in the greater Peoria area.