Water Heater Installation
Although you probably don’t think about it much, you depend on your water heater for many household tasks. So when the time comes to pick a new one, you want to make sure you get a product that will meet the needs of your home and serve you well for many years to come. With so many options out there, however, it can be difficult to figure out which model would be best for that purpose.
Water Heater Options
The first thing you’ll have to decide when looking at hot water heaters is what type of fuel source you want yours to use. Most water heaters are designed to work with electricity, gas or oil. So you need to know about the availability of these in your area as well as the relative cost of each in order to make an informed decision.
You’ll also need to decide whether you want a traditional tank water heater or a tankless model. Tankless water heaters are a relatively new entrant into the market, but they work quite well for most homeowners. Unlike traditional water heaters that keep a tankful of hot water ready for whenever you need it, tankless water heaters only heat the water when you turn on the tap.
They do this by running the water across a series of heating elements and then directly to your faucet. In this way, you can have hot water whenever you need it without paying to heat a full tank 24 hours a day.
If hot water is in particularly high demand in your household, you may need to install multiple tankless water heaters or opt for a traditional tank model.
Water Heater Efficiency & Sizing
Once you’ve settled on the type of water heater you want, you must also determine how big it needs to be to accommodate your household needs. To do this, you’ll want to figure out approximately how much hot water you’re likely to use at peak time in your home and then get a water heater with a tank just slightly larger than that. A professional can calculate this amount in a way that will make clear what systems are viable options for each individual situation.
You don’t want to simply get the biggest water heater available, as this may be more than you need and you’ll still pay to keep the entire tank hot all of the time. On the other hand, you don’t want to purchase a tank that’s too small and may run out of hot water constantly when you need it.
When picking out a water heater, pay attention to the energy efficiency rating of the models you’re considering. Especially if you choose a model with a large tank, your energy bills can really add up over time. Picking a model with good energy efficiency ratings, even if you pay more for it up front, is sure to save you a significant amount over the life of the unit.
Water Heater Additions/Maintenance
Without proper care, your water heater can’t provide steady hot water for showers, washing clothes or dishes. While inconsistent hot water starts as a moderate inconvenience, it can quickly become a chronic impediment to your quality of life.