In the market for a new water heater? Want a greener model, but still need to go with conventional gas? Consider the new high-efficiency EFFEX model from A. O. Smith.
This gas water heater not only meet today’s the Energy Star requirements of today, it exceeds the upcoming second-phase Energy Star rules of tomorrow (which will require 67% efficiency, or .67 EF). The EFFEX accomplishes this by means of new air intake system–patented, of course–that turbo-charges the combustion process within the heater. By creating a pressurized environment in the combustion chamber, the air intake system extracts additional heat from the exhaust gas as it passes through the water heater, resulting in higher efficiency.
Your contractor will probably like this heater, too, because it installs just like a regular, conventional water heater (available in 40- and 50-gallon capacities). And remember, there are plenty of state and federal tax rebates being offered right now for green home improvements such as this, specifically designed to take the pain out of the upgrade.