What Is NAECA?
NAECA stands for the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act, a law governing Appliances including Water Heaters
What Is Changing Regarding Water Heaters?
On April 16, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) made effective its new energy efficiency mandates, as part of the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). This update will affect all household appliances manufactured for sale in the U.S., and Canada will soon follow in their implementation of similar energy efficiency upgrades.
Part of this efficiency standards update requires nearly all residential electric, oil, gas and tankless gas water heaters to carry higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings. The new rule does not preclude the installation of non-compliant products that are manufactured before April 16, 2015.
Both electric and gas water heaters will now be broken down into two size categories:
UNDER 55 GALLONS – and – 55 GALLONS AND OVER
How Changes Affect YOU!
In order to comply with these new federally-imposed standards, water heater manufacturers will be forced to alter their equipment designs to improve the insulation. This will mean that either the diameter of the heaters will increase significantly, or the capacity will decrease – potentially up to 10%.
Because many residences are space defined (such as condominiums, similar structures, and sometimes older homes) manufacturers are most likely to reduce tank capacities to overcome installation conflicts.
In some of residences, the floor plans and common plumbing elements will limit or preclude relocation of the tank type water heater. Accordingly, when replacing an existing water heater after April 16, 2015 with a NAECA 2015 compliant heater, the owners of condominiums and apartment units will most likely be forced to install a tank with significantly less volume. This would mean either changing their hot water usage habits, or increasing the storage temperature and installing an ASSE approved mixing valve to attempt to maintain their current hot water usage.
Potential For Water Heater Price Increase
Size and subsequent placement of water heaters are not the only issues presented by the new standards regulations. Whenever a change of this magnitude is instituted, prices of higher efficiency equipment are always affected. As of mid-February, price increases on the new NAECA compliant products was up to about 40%.
Types of Water Heaters
When selecting a new water heater for your home, choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water but also that will do so energy efficiently, saving you money. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home. Types of water heaters include:
- Conventional Storage Water Heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water
- Tank-less, or Demand-type Water Heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank
- Heat Pump Water Heaters move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly for providing hot water
- Solar Water Heaters use the sun’s heat to provide hot water to your home
- Tank-less Coil and Indirect Water Heaters use your home’s space heating system to heat water
Call Hulsey Plumbing for Water Heater Repairs or Replacement
No matter how you decide to handle the new 2017 NAECA standards regulations, and, regardless of what type of water heater you decide to go with, call Hulsey Plumbing to assist with upgrading your system.
Hulsey Plumbing is a licensed plumbing contractor with nearly 100 years of experience, the skills, the knowledge, and not to mention the proper tools, to advise you on the best water heater choice for your home, and to install your new unit correctly and efficiently, the first time. We will also handle all the necessary county permits for you, and provide a higher grade of equipment than is offered by your local home improvement store.