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Hot Water Heaters and the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act

by | Jun 26, 2015

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Most people do not give their hot water heaters much thought until a crisis crops up. As such, many property owners undoubtedly missed the latest, national news stories. They had to do with the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, which dates back to the 1970s. Perhaps some readers may remember when it went into effect. Now the NAECA has been updated for 2015 and the changes may impact the hot water heater in your home or business.

Industry Changes Continue Decades Later

Nonetheless, the act has been changed many times since it was first put into place by the United States Congress and former President, Gerald Ford. The last change took place in April 2015, and it has already dramatically changed the hot water heater sales and installation industry nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), issued Final Rule energy efficiency mandates in April 2010. While these mandates only apply to products manufactured for sale in the U.S., Canada will soon implement similar increases in efficiency standards. These far-reaching new requirements will have important impacts on water heating manufacturers, distributors, contractors and homeowners.

Impact May Steam Roll Property Owners’ Plans

As a direct result of the changes, many hot water heaters are no longer in compliance with government regulations and building codes. Consequently, property owners must consider updating their buildings’ existing hot water heaters as soon as possible. Also, depending on the circumstances, the updates may involve more than property owners initially bargained for.

Compliant water heaters are clearly nothing like their pre-April 2015 counterparts. In some instances, they feature dimensions that will keep them from being installed in existing areas unless structural modifications are made to the home or business. Plus, the new hot water heaters may not be compatible with all commercial or residential consumers’ needs. Understandably, such issues have the potential to catch property owners and their wallets off guard.

Help is Available in Metro-NYC

The good news is metro-NYC owners will not have to go very far for affordable, compliance assistance. There are hot water manufacturers and others willing to offer financial incentives (e.g. industry leading pricing) to property owners interested in upgrading to the latest standards. To learn more about the incentives as well as the latest updates, please contact Waterheaters.com today. We carry top name, Energy Star rated, water heaters in stock that meet or exceed the new guidelines. Examples include, but are not confined to hot water heaters by Rinnai, A.O. Smith, Bosh, and Rheem. Plus, our licensed, Master Plumbers with 30+ years experience can install them for you in your metro-NYC area home or business.

STORY SOURCE: http://www.rheem.com/products/water_heating/NAECA/