When it comes to rules and regulations surrounding residential plumbing, most homeowners probably don’t know what’s what. But back in 2015, the National Energy Conservation Act was approved by Congress, effecting broad changes to the energy efficiency requirements for water heaters.
Who Oversees the New Water Heater Regulations?
Administered by the Department of Energy (think: EnergyStar program), they are enforcing a new set of equipment rules for all water heaters regardless of fuel type.
What Changes Are Taking Effect?
All water heaters produced after April 16, 2015, must conform to the new energy efficiency standards. There’s a mandatory efficiency increase ranging from 3% to 30% depending on the tank size of the model. Things get a little complicated when you look at it all one-by-one, but basically the larger the tank the more energy efficiency is required.
Why Are They Implementing These Changes?
While it’s true, the efficiency gains may not be too sizable on an individual basis, almost every home in America has a water heater. Even small changes, multiplied across 125 million households, can make a big difference!
How Will They Impact Me, the Consumer?
Unless you’re buying a brand new water heater, these changes don’t affect you at all. Your existing water heater is just fine.
However, if you’re in the market for a new water heater, you might notice a small change in the dimensions of a similar capacity unit. The increase in efficiency requires more insulation, which adds minute differences in the diameter and height of each unit.
Have More Water Heater Questions?
No problem! Our team at Griffin Heating and Air Conditioning can help you to select your new water heater and handle the professional installation right away. Whatever your plumbing needs may be, don’t hesitate to contact us.