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Heating Seasonal Performance Factor Explained

A Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) is essentially a measurement of your water heater’s energy efficiency. It is not unlike miles per gallon to your car. The higher the score the more efficient the unit. Recently, the US Department of Energy raised the minimum HSPF score from 8.0 to 8.2. This regulation is aimed solely at manufacturers, and most experts think it will benefit customers and service providers.

Replacement Not Necessary

Consumers need not panic over the recent regulation. It does not require them to replace their water heater. Actually, it may result in discounted water heaters for consumers. The stipulation holds that manufacturers must now produce water heaters with a minimum HSPF score of 8.2. But it also grants manufacturers an eighteen month grace period to sell water heaters with an HSPF score that fails to meet the minimum requirement. No doubt manufacturers will be forced to discount these units in order to move the inventory in time. What’s more, used water heaters will come down in price in the wake of the US Department of Energy’s regulation.

Installation is Everything

But no matter how efficient the unit, poor installation will result in inefficient energy and higher utility bills. In fact, poor installation, the type usually perpetrated by amateurs, will result in 30% higher energy bills. That is why it’s best to consult a pro when dealing with water heater installation. Parker and Sons has over forty years in the business, and has been voted Phoenix’s number one service provider five years over by Ranking Arizona. Reach out to us today if you have any HVAC or plumbing needs.

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