Federal Water Heater Guidelines May Affect Your Space

Since 1990, the US Department of Energy has been updating guidelines on water heaters to make sure they’re energy efficient as new technology comes about. This year the standard mandatory will save 3.3 quads of energy and result in $63 billion in energy savings. This standard will also eliminate 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. These standards are great for the environment and your energy bill, but may cause a cramped space in your home.

These new water heaters, while more efficient, are also a little bigger. As they say, with great progress, also comes compromises. In the case of 55-gallon heaters and smaller, you may only be cramping your water heater room by a few inches, but if your heater is bigger, you may have to consult your plumber for a new place to put it.

Buying a new water heater is also going to come with a learning curve. The size of electric heater may no longer be available. And, hybrid water heaters are starting to take hold of the market. Hybrids are a great new technology that heat water by transferring heat from the surrounding air, they also collect the condensed water and heat it a well.

When you need to replace your water heater, give your plumber a call. We can help you decide what upgrade is best for your home, in terms of space and energy savings.


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