New Water Heater Regulations in Buffalo

If you’re a homeowner considering a new water heater in Buffalo, then you need to be aware of new federal water heater regulations that will impact your purchase.

New Federal Water Heater Regulations

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued new guidelines for tank water heaters that require them to be more energy efficient. The reason behind these new regulations is to reduce the total amount of energy consumed by American households. Though this might sound intimidating, in practice, it’s not very complicated. Here’s how it can impact you:

  • If you have a water heater with a storage capacity of 55 gallons or less, a new replacement model will be about 2 inches bigger and four percent more energy efficient. For most homeowners, the installation of a new model shouldn’t create any problems.
  • If you have a large water heater with a storage take of over 55 gallons, a replacement model will be significantly larger due to bulkier heating elements. It will also be quite a bit more energy efficient, so you can expect to see substantial savings on your energy bill. However, due to the larger dimensions, some homeowners will have to find a new location in the home to install it.

Tankless Water Heater

Of course, if you want to significantly reduce your energy consumption, as well as your carbon footprint, you can always opt for a tankless water heater. A tankless appliance heats water on demand by running it by a heating coil when the hot water faucet is open. This means that there’s an infinite amount of hot water available at all times. In addition, because this type of appliance doesn’t have to keep a tank full of water heated to a specific temperature, it consumes less energy. And last, but certainly not least, a tankless water heater is smaller than a tank model, making it far easier to accommodate in your home.

If you have questions about which option is best for your home, call Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Our experts are here to help you with everything from information to installation!