If you are thinking about remodeling the bathroom or upgrading your water heater, be aware that there are new U.S. Department of Energy regulations in effect (as of April 2015). These changes were written in an effort to increase energy efficiency, and affects business and residential water heaters alike. This is not a new regulation. Manufacturers have been required to comply with DOE conservation standards for water heaters since 1990. All About Plumbing and Septic offers the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area top-notch plumbing services and stays on top of all of the current regulations.
How does the new rule affect you?
A lot of water heaters are installed in cramped spaces, such as closets, crawl spaces and attics. The new ruling affects size and gallons of hot water storage, and water heaters that are over 55 gallons are most affected. You’ll need to plan on a little more space for your new water heater when you remodel.
Also, there are changes in the type of water heater you can use. Residential electric models over 55 gallons are required by law to be the hybrid electric heat pump design. Also gas water heaters over 55 gallons have to be the condensing water heater design. If this doesn’t make sense, don’t worry. All About Plumbing and Septic of Asheville and Hendersonville, NC can help ensure your remodel or water heater replacement project is compliant with the law.
The DOE’s regulations require manufacturers to build water heaters that meet new, stricter, energy efficiency ratings. This means newer units are now designed to dramatically decrease the cost of operation, which translates into significant savings for you. In some cases, it is acceptable to have two smaller electric water heaters instead of one bigger one. They won’t be as energy efficient, but is a viable option.
Gas water heaters are a popular choice for energy efficiency because they deliver large amounts of hot water while still saving on the utility bills. A lot of people go with gas when remodeling because these units excel at supplying all the hot water your family needs without having to wait an hour or so between showers, as seen with electric units.
Tankless water heaters were also affected by the new DOE regulations. Already an incredible convenience to homeowners, now they are required to be even higher in efficiency. If space is an issue with your remodeling project, consider going tankless. They do a great job providing energy efficient hot water without taking up much space.
All About Plumbing and Septic, located near Asheville and Hendersonville, NC is your best choice for help when it comes to meeting the new hot water heater regulations. Give us a call today!