NAECA 2015 Regulation Information

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. This new update, effective April 16, 2015, will require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on almost all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters. While NAECA 2015 only applies 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, installers and consumers.

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Rheem is Ready to Help You Make the Transition

With a 90-year legacy of achieving higher standards in water heating, Rheem is committed to helping both partners and consumers maximize the positive impact of new energy- and cost-saving technologies on their homes, businesses and the earth. So when it comes to meeting — and exceeding — NAECA 2015 standards, we're ahead of the game. With a complete portfolio of advanced products and resources, Rheem is ready to help you turn new national efficiency requirements into business opportunities.

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What Do These Changes Mean for Contractors?

Higher call volumes and higher salesNew technologies and installation requirements will lead to increasing consumer demand for contractor expertise.

Relationship-building opportunities with consumersHomeowners will rely more heavily on contractors when choosing, installing, maintaining and using advanced water heaters.

Smaller price gaps between standard products and existing high efficiency productsThis could make it easier for contractors to up-sell to a higher efficiency system, like the compact Rheem ProfessionalClassic Plus Induced Draft gas model. (NOTE: Space/footprint will still be a crucial factor in determining the best products to offer homeowners.)

New trainingRheem's complete online and field training programs will educate contractors on advanced model technologies, features and installation procedures.

Increases in manpower and resources required for storage and installationNew technologies and larger units mean installations may require two installers, and additional installation equipment.

New considerations when choosing an installation locationThis includes space requirements for larger-sized replacements, additional technologies (like condensate management) and access to electrical for some gas models.