Given the sheer range of water heaters available on the market, you should answer a few questions before you begin shopping to help narrow down your choices. A water heater is a major investment, and choosing the right unit at the outset will help you keep your energy costs down.
Some questions to ask yourself about water heaters include:
What is your preferred fuel source? Natural gas, oil, propane and electricity are used to power water heaters. Typically, electric water heaters are the most expensive to operate, but if you’re able to use electricity for heating water at lower rates (where available) during off hours, they can be more cost-effective than is normal.
What are your household’s approximate water demands during peak hours? This will help you determine the right size for your new water heater, and it will also help you select a model with the correct first-hour rating (FHR). A water heater’s first-hour rating indicates the amount of hot water it can deliver when demand is heavy.
Where do you plan to install the water heater? Unheated, uninsulated basements are not the best choice, as water heaters in cold rooms require more energy. Also, you want to be sure to place water heaters as close to the point of use as possible to prevent heat loss during water transfer from the tank to your tap.
You should also carefully consider the energy requirements of each of the water heaters on your list of candidates. Using Energy Star appliances may qualify you for incentives and rebates, and the less energy a given water heater uses, the more money you will save in the long run.
The decision is yours, but the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth are always happy to answer questions and offer expert advice about any home comfort issue.
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