One size does not fit all when it comes to selecting a water heater. There are several factors you may need to consider. Thanks to advances in technology, today’s water heaters have new features designed to save you space and money. These useful tips will help guide you toward picking the right heater for your home.
What You Should Consider
Just because your neighbor sings the praises of an electric tankless water heater does not mean it's the right one for you. Here are a few things you should think about before making the final decision:
Electric vs. Gas – Natural or propane gas is used in a gas water heater while an electric water heater uses your home’s power supply. It’s important to know which utilities your home uses before your selection.
How Much Water? – Water heaters are designed to supply a certain amount, rated as gallons per hour (GPH). While a family of four typically needs only a 50-gallon conventional tank, your needs may be different. You will want to make sure the GPH produced by the unit will provide enough hot water.
Operating Costs – Before you buy, research the annual operating costs of the different types of water heaters. Getting an estimate of the annual amount based on your budget will help guide you toward your selection.
Energy Efficient – Selecting an energy-efficient model provides a substantial cost savings in the long run. These types of water heaters may cost more up front but will save you money in the future.
Types of Water Heaters Available
There are many types of water heaters on the market today, each intended to meet your hot water needs.
Tankless – Available in electric and gas, tankless water heaters are becoming a popular choice for homeowners. They are compact and produce hot water on-demand. Water is heated as it is comes through tank instead of being stored.
Conventional – The traditional storage water heater large keeps a reservoir of hot water in its tank until ready for use. The water is heated by natural gas, propane or electricity. The hot water flows out of the top of the tank and is replaced by cold water.
Hybrid Water Heater – Also known as a heat pump water heater, a hybrid uses electricity to move the heat to the source instead of producing it directly. These can also be used in conjunction with your central heat and air system.
Solar Water Heater – This style of water heater uses the sun to generate hot water. This can be a very cost-effective way to heat your home’s water supply. There is a wide variety of solar water heaters to choose from as well.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises anyone who purchases a water heater to hire a professional to perform the installation. There are risk factors involved and an experienced plumber will be aware of the know the proper codes and procedures.
Don’t get overheated when it comes to selecting a water heater for your home. If you need more advice or assistance in selecting a water heater, contact the professionals at ASAP Plumbing. If your plumbing needs to be repaired, contact ASAP Plumbing today at 228-865-2727 or visit www.plumbinggulfportms.com and request a free estimate! We can handle all your plumbing needs including installation, repair and full water heater replacement.
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