The U.S. Department of Energy has put into effect new regulations that require all manufacturers of water heaters to meet a higher energy factor (EF) rating. Based on the new requirements, there will be significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015. This includes gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas-fired and instantaneous electric. Tankless water heaters already meet the new requirements.
How does this affect to me?
Some of the changes that affect you as a consumer are as follows:
- Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive.
- Larger units – 2” tall and 2”wider, and in some cases units may be even larger.
- More complicated installation requirements
- Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic.