Thursday, March 10, 2016

New Regulations Affecting Hot Water Heaters

Avoid being in hot water by being familiar with the following new hot water regulations.

Homeowners must familiarize themselves once these new regulations affecting hot water heater installation and usage is put into effect. 

There is a new regulation affecting hot water heaters, especially the efficiency standards set among new units, which homeowners must know about and prepare for in advance. Such regulatory changes can significantly affect their household finances and brew some major concerns for them too.

To better understand the implication of this new regulation, the United States Department of Energy states that homeowners must grasp what this new regulation means to them. The DOE further elaborates that as homeowners change their home’s hot water heaters, pool water heaters, and other direct heating devices, homeowners everywhere can save a total of $10 billion and save the world from further carbon dioxide emission from an estimated 164 million metric tons of waste over a span of 30 years.

According to Mr. Steven Chu, former Secretary of the Department of Energy, such standards on energy conserving devices are crucial aspects of the government’s comprehensive efforts to conserve energy in residences and business establishments all over the country. Furthermore, he added that through measures like increasing the energy efficiency requisites on appliances used in the day-to-day of each household, American families and business can save a great deal of money in the long run. On top of that, carbon pollution is reduced, and energy can be secured and appropriated for years to come.

And since the advantages of this new energy-efficiency standard on hot water heaters are pretty evident to everybody, the disadvantage though is the high upfront cost that must be shouldered by the customer. Some industry experts acknowledge that its higher price is a major factor because homeowners must now pay an additional 15% up to 35% from what they used to pay when purchasing older hot water heater models. In addition, aside from the high upfront cost of new hot water heaters valued at around $120,its installation, as well as maintenance cost, will also increase. Following the implementation of this new regulation that requires more complex installation and more costly equipment parts, homeowners need to produce a big amount of money so that they can change their current hot water heater with an energy-efficient one.

The additional expense will be attributed to your new unit’s larger size and more modern features. For instance, average residential hot water heaters with a capacity bigger than 55 gallons must be 128 cu. ft. at the minimum. It should likewise have a bigger duct system to meet the new standards stipulated in this new regulation. In other words, not only must a homeowner change their home’s current hot water heater, but they also need to prepare for an extensive home renovation that requires the construction of a new duct system. But to know whether you really need to go through such an extensive and costly replacement, check the age of your current hot water heater at home first. Is it near its 10-year mark? You can go ahead with the replacement if it is or pass on it for the time being if it is far from that mark.

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