The Water Heater Landscape Has Forever Changed. And it’s Never Looked Better.
If you bought a water heater prior to April, 2015, your choices were simpler, easier to understand, and more narrowly focused than they are today. But that all changed with the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) that was introduced that month and remains the law of the land.
Under NAECA, all water heaters built or sold for manufacture in the U.S. must meet a new set of higher energy efficiency standards. And while it’s mostly good news for consumers, you now have a little more to think about when making your selection.
But that’s not going to be a problem: not when you have the professional and experienced team of hot water specialists here at Service Pros to guide you every step of the way. Including expert installation, ongoing maintenance, and high quality repairs down the road, should that need ever arise.
Let’s take a brief look of the kind of choices you now have available to you:
Gas Storage Tank Water Heaters
Today, gas storage tank water heaters under 55 gallons in capacity are 2” taller and 2” wider than models built prior to 4/15. For most people, the bigger size presents no problems, but it might for you, especially if you live in a condo where your furnace and/or water heater fill the spaces built for them with no room to spare. If so, you’ll have to decide on a replacement water heater with less storage capacity, remodeling your space so we can install a larger tank, or switch to a tankless water heater. Once we understand your daily hot water needs and examine your space, we can properly advise you.
Gas Condensing Water Heaters
Today’s new gas storage tank water heaters designed to hold more than 55 gallons of water employ a new and different technology than the models they were designed to replace. A gas condensing water heater heats up the water almost as fast as the tank is filled, thus cutting your water heater energy consumption by about 30% and saving you about $100 a year in energy expense. Gas condensing water heaters also are bigger than older models when, for example, you compare 80 gallon units from one technology to the other. Once again, if space is a problem, you can count on Service Pros to recommend and implement a very workable and beneficial solution.
Gas Tankless Water Heaters
What happens when you take away the storage tank from a water heating system? You have yourself a tankless water heater, and a considerable amount of extra storage space to boot. Here just some of the features and benefits of tankless water heaters:
- A tankless water heater can supply enough hot water for your every need or be used to augment your current hot water supply.
- Since there’s no storage tank, there’s no supply of water to be kept constantly heated, and that saves you money on energy expense.
- When you turn on a hot water faucet, cold water enters the system’s wall-mounted heat exchanger where it’s instantly heated and sent to the source.
- They can be installed almost anywhere, including inside a closet.
- On average, they also last 5+ years longer than storage tank water heaters.
Trust us: once you go tankless, you’ll never go back.
Electric Storage Tank Water Heaters
Since natural gas is not universally available and propane is not everyone’s cup of tea, there are still significant numbers of home owners who depend on the steady and reliable performance of electric water heaters. Just as with new style gas water heaters, electric water heaters with less than 55 gallons in storage capacity are now 2” wider and 2” taller than previous models, the extra space required for the added insulation needed to meet current federal energy efficiency requirement.
Electric Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters
And now for something completely different, at least for most US home owners. You see, heat pump water heaters have been available in Europe, Australia, and other energy-conscious countries for a number of years, making them a proven commodity.
Even better, they achieve remarkable energy efficiency by using the ambient air around it to heat your water. The electrical power back-up mode makes sure that with the right size system, you’ll have all the hot water you need, when you need it. How much can you save each year on your hot water energy expensed when you convert to a heat pump water heater? On average, about $320.
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Time for a new or replacement water heater for your home? Then contact Service Pros today to request a free in-home consultation and new system quote. In the process, we’ll answer all your questions and recommend what we believe is your best choice for a new and energy-efficient water heater experience.