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New Water Heater Standards and Rinnai Tankless Water Heater

by | Oct 23, 2015

Thanks to recent changes in water heater specifications, newer models are now bigger and more complex to install. If you are considering a new water heater, you could be surprised to learn that your new unit does not fit into the space your old one previously occupied. As of April 15, 2015, new standards from the U.S. Department of Energy are now in full effect. These standards require water heaters to be more energy efficient than ever. To accomplish this, some manufacturers of traditional, tank-based unit have added insulation and other components that now result in water heaters being even larger than ever. A Rinnai tankless water heater can help as they do not require tank insulation.

If you are replacing a tank that is 55 gallons or larger, you could notice a significant difference in the amount of space that’s required. As such, a good number of homeowners who had water heaters placed in very small areas such as a closet are now finding they must perform a renovation so a new one will fit. The method of installing your tank may also be more complicated, making it difficult to perform this task as a DIY project.

Standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044. The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles.

Tankless water heaters have decreased in price significantly over the past few years. At the same time, the methods used to install these water heaters have become streamlined and standardized. This means is that there may not be a great deal of difference between the cost of a Rinnai tankless water heater and a traditional, tank-based unit. While the initial expenditure may be nearly the same, your cost of operating a tankless water heater is actually much lower, which means you could save money in the long run. To find out more, contact Waterheaters.com today.

STORY SOURCE: https://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/product.aspx/productid/27