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NOTICE! New Water Heater Standards Start Today...

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Starting TODAY, April 16, 2015 - Federal mandates will require all water heater manufacturers to increase the energy factors on all water heaters that they produce from this day forward. What exactly is this and what does it mean?

Here is some information as presented on the Bradford White website to clarify a little bit about this new mandate.

On April 16, 2015, there will be significant changes to water heater energy factor (EF) requirements as the result of updates to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). These new requirements call for higher energy factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, and oil water heaters, completely altering the water heater landscape. NAECA also affects some light-duty commercial water heaters.

The NAECA rulings are important to customers because they reduce energy usage and save money all year long. According to the U.S. Department of Energy website, standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044.

HOW THE ENERGY FACTOR (EF) IS CALCULATED

The energy factor (EF) indicates a water heater's overall energy efficiency based on the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel consumed over a typical day. The higher the EF, the more energy efficient the water heater. The EF is measured in three ways: 1. Recovery efficiency – how efficiently the heat from the energy source is transferred to the water. 2. Standby losses – the percentage of heat loss per hour from the stored water compared to the heat content of the water (water heaters with storage tanks). 3. Cycling losses – the loss of heat as the water circulates through a water heater tank, and/or inlet and outlet pipes.

Here is an IMPORTANT NOTICE we recently received inner office at Johnny's Plumbing & Hydronics. www.johnnnysplumbing.com

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Now, what does this mean to you, the customer, who will be in need of a new water heater soon?

Well, as with anything, there will be some pros and cons to this new mandate.

  • Homeowners have much to gain from the new efficiency regulations, as energy and money savings can be considerable with the new compliant products.
  • In most cases, the new products will differ only slightly in size due to additional insulation (1-2 inches in diameter, and/or 1-2 inches in height), and therefor will easily replace the majority of existing products.
  • However, in some rare cases a water heater may have to be moved to a new location if available space is inadequate. It is also possible that a different type of water heater may be required in order to meet the new EF guidelines. This may also make the decision to go to a tankless water heater much more ideal.
  • Hire a professional plumbing contractor like Johnny's Plumbing & Hydronics. A professional will understand the new guidelines, will know all the product choices available, and will be able to make a recommendation that best meets your home's and family's needs.
  • Unfortunately the costs associated with these new mandates by the manufacturer also means that the prices will be higher to the customer.

There is a lot to think about on your next decision for the right choice in domestic hot water needs for your home. This complicates things a little bit and we understand that this will surely be a big financial decision. The professionals at Johnny's Plumbing & Hydronics can definitely help assist you with making this difficult decision.

Give us a call at 719-269-1252 and let's get you back into hot water.

Respectfully,

Tony Fontecchio - Vice President
Johnny's Plumbing & Hydronics
730 South 8th. Street
Cañon City, Colorado 81212
www.johnnysplumbing.com