We won’t try to pretend that we think tankless water heaters are anything less than a great idea. These systems make a superb alternative to the conventional storage tank water heater (the sort that most people think of when they hear the words water heater) for a number of reasons.
Hot water heaters don’t normally make the news – after all, it can be hard to compete for headlines – but there are new regulation changes coming for hot water heaters that will affect both manufacturers and consumers alike. This isn’t the first time regulations have changed for hot water heaters, and in fact, this will be the third upgrade of three upgrades to the laws since 1990. The goal of these new regulations isn’t to make things more difficult for people; rather, these changes are focused on saving energy and money nationwide. This next regulation, which becomes law on April 16th of this year, is scheduled to last until 2044. Over this time period, which spans 26 years, it’s expected that these mandated changes to water heater energy efficiency and function will reduce greenhouse gases by 172 million metric tons and garner energy savings of over $63 billion dollars. So what does this mean if you need a new water heating in Naperville? Let’s take a look.
Water heaters can be notorious wasters of energy, and to help reduce this waste, new mandates under the Department of Energy’s “Final Rule” will become law as of April 15, 2015. This doesn’t mean that homeowners have to run out and purchase a new water heater to be in compliance; it means that manufacturers will have to follow new regulations on how both tank and tankless water heaters are manufactured for consumers so that the water heaters are more energy efficient. How does this affect you and your water heater in Elgin? It may not affect you at all, but to help you find out, we’ve outlined the generalities of the mandates below.