2015 Water Heater Efficiency Standards
The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s new water heater regulations go into effect April 16, 2015. It’ll be here before you know it. Are you ready? These new mandates will require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil, and tankless gas water heaters. (See chart below or click here for a larger chart of the new energy factor requirements.)
Product changes will vary depending on class and volume. In some cases, changes could be minor; others could be more radical. For example, to meet the new EF standard, gas water heaters > 55 gallons ( 75,000 BTU/Hr.) may need to be fully condensing, based on today’s technology. Electric water heaters > 55 gallons ( 12 KW input) likely will use an integrated heat pump configuration to meet the new standards.
As part of its efforts to share information and help contractors prepare for these new regulations, PHCC Corporate Partner Bradford White conducted a webinar last week, explaining how the changes will affect many facets of the industry. Among the considerations:
- Storage (Warehousing). Do you have the proper space to store potentially taller, wider, and heavier products?
- Transportation. Will your current vehicles allow for proper moving and handling of taller, wider, and heavier products? Will you need more than one person to move a product?
- Installation. Is this a one- or two-person job? Will this be an “in and out” replacement? Does the existing space accommodate a larger size product? Have you considered venting and condensate needs?
- On-going Maintenance. Will additional site visits for product maintenance be required following installation?
- Costs. What challenges will customers have in paying for higher cost equipment? How will higher cost equipment affect wholesaler and contractor budgeting and cash flow?
If you missed this popular webinar – or if you’re looking for more information on this crucial topic – the complete presentation by Bradford White’s Chad Sanborn is available for On-Demand Viewing here.