Your water heater’s energy factor (EF) is determined by how much of the fuel from your power source – usually gas or electricity – is converted into usable hot water. The EF includes several factors, such as recovery efficiency, standby losses, and cycling losses. Obviously, the higher the energy factor, the more efficient your water heater will be, helping you save money every month as long as your fuel costs remain consistent.

Every heater tank is different, and if you’re considering replacing your old water heater, the experts at Gladiator Repipe in San Jose can help you choose the best option and understand your new appliance’s EF and its contributing factors. The recovery efficiency indicates how well the heat that is produced from your fuel source is transferred to the water in the storage tank. Standby losses indicate how much heat is lost every hour from the water that is stored in the tank, and cycling losses occur when the water circulates through the tank and any inlet or outlet pipes. These factors are important and they, as well as others, should play a part in your decision. We’ll do our part to help you understand them all.

If you want to know more about energy factor, heat losses, and other elements that contribute to a water heater’s efficiency, contact us today. You can also consult the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) and read about the industry standards and regulatory updates that have been made over the last few years concerning water heater appliances. When you need water heater repair or installation, we’ll be ready to help!