A.O. Smith. The Effex high-efficiency gas water heater meets upcoming Energy Star requirements with an Energy Factor of 0.70. It features advanced electronic controls, easy installation for new or existing homes, and an LCD display, the company says. It can save homeownesr up to 25% on water heating costs compared to traditional gas storage water heaters. www.hotwater.com.
GE. The company’s Energy Star-qualified gas water heaters have a minimum Energy Factor of 0.67 and feature push-button pilot light ignition, self-cleaning systems to prevent sediment buildup, and the SmartShield Sensor system that automatically shuts down the unit if flammable vapors are detected. Available in 40- or 50-gallon capacities, they come with a one-year in-home labor warranty and a 12-, nine-, or six-year limited warranty on tank and parts. www.geappliances.com.
Rheem. By October, the company will offer 31 tank models meeting the new Energy Star requirements in natural gas, LP, and electric hybrid options. The units’ EverKleen system creates a turbulent swirling action as water enters the tank to fight sediment buildup and improve operating efficiency and the filter-less Guardian System, available on most models, automatically shuts down the unit if flammable vapors are detected. www.rheem.com.