Need a new water heater? Here are four questions to ask.
Is your water heater nearing the end of its useful life?
Or are you ready to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model?
Then it may be time to start looking for a new system.
Here are three things to consider before you begin your search:
What’s your fuel source?
Most water heaters are powered by electricity, natural gas, or propane. All can supply your family with a reliable flow of hot water, but there are a few key differences.
Electric Water Heaters: If your home is heated by electricity, there’s a good chance your water heater will need to be electric too. They also are a good option when it is complicated or impossible to install the necessary venting for a natural gas or propane gas water heater.
Natural Gas Water Heaters: Natural gas water heaters cost more than electric, but they usually offer savings in the long-run. Depending on local energy prices, natural gas can be one of the most economical ways to heat your home’s water.
Propane Gas Water Heaters: Propane gas water heaters offer all the benefits of natural gas. But since propane burns cleaner, it is a more environmentally-friendly option.
Tank or tankless?
If it’s been a while since you looked at water heaters, you may have noticed that technology has changed. Here’s what you need to know:
Tank Water Heaters: Traditional storage tank water heaters are still the most common type. These units store hot water in an insulated tank. The upfront investment in a storage-tank water heater is generally less than for a tankless unit, but efficiency can vary depending on the unit and fuel source. Ask us about our ENERGY STAR® certified models!
Tankless Water Heaters: Tankless water heaters do not store heated water. Instead, water passes through a heat exchanger, providing hot water on demand. A tankless water heater can reduce energy consumption, and since the unit is installed on a wall it frees up floor space – making tankless a great choice for small basements.
How much hot water does your family use?
Whether it’s a tank or tankless, the best water heater is one that is reliable, efficient, and worry-free. A water heater that is too small will not be able to keep up with demand, which could decrease your unit’s life-expectancy and leave you without hot water when you need it.
That’s why it’s important to understand your hot water needs. You’ll need to consider the size of your family, the type and number of water-consuming appliances in your home, as well as your lifestyle.
Sound complicated? Your Alba Plumbing Home Comfort Advisor can help determine the right water heater for your family and walk you through your options.