While keeping your home heating equipment up-to-date is important for its proper use year after year, make sure you are also doing so for heating appliances that use energy throughout the seasons. Your water heater operates daily for your faucets, shower, dishwasher, washing machine, and more; make sure it is equipped to provide hot water quickly.
On April 16th, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy implemented new efficiency standards for the production of water heaters. Homeowners will still be able to operate existing equipment for the time being, but manufacturers can no longer produce water heating systems that do not meet the updated requirements. The purpose of updating and adjusting these guidelines is to increase the efficiency of the equipment and more effectively deliver hot water to your home.
All types of water heaters manufactured – Bioheat® fuel, gas, electric, and tankless – will now require higher energy factor (EF) ratings, which will help homeowners lessen associated consumption and costs. If you are considering upgrading your heating system before the fall, don’t overlook your water heater if it is due for an upgrade as well.