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Tips for Selecting a New Water Heater

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Aug 09, 2010 @ 09:31 AM

We’ve done an overview of the types of water heaters.  Now, let’s talk about the criteria for selecting a water heater for your home.  You should choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water, but also that will do so energy efficiently, saving you money.  This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home.

There are 4 main criteria for selecting a water heater:

1.  Fuel type, availability and cost

The fuel type or energy source you use for water heating will not only affect the water heater’s annual operation costs but also its size and energy efficiency.   Here in Northeast Ohio, we mainly use gas, oil, propane and electricity.  It’s a good idea to compare fuel costs, especially if you’re building a new home.  Even if you’re replacing a water heater, you may find that you’ll save more money in the long run if you use a different fuel or energy source.  Contact your utility for current fuel costs or rates.

2.  Size

A properly sized water heater will meet your household’s hot water needs while operating more efficiently. Therefore, before purchasing a water heater, make sure it’s the correct size.  We can help you choose the size water heater that will suit your needs.  It depends on the type of heater and the fuel selected so always check with us first.

3.  Energy-efficiency

Before you purchase a water heater for your home, it’s important to know how energy efficient it is. Usually the most energy-efficient water heater models or systems are more expensive.  However, if you purchase an energy-efficient model, you may save more money in the long run on your water heating bills than if you purchase a less efficient model.  In some cases the payback may not make sense, so it always pays to check out the details with your professional contractor.

4. Annual operating costs

Before you purchase a water heater, it’s a good idea to estimate its annual operating costs. Then, you can compare costs with other more or less energy-efficient models, types, or systems.  You can also determine the energy savings and payback of the most energy-efficient model, which will probably have a higher purchase price.

As with sizing, we can help you estimate your operating costs to determine which model and type of water heater will fit your needs and your budget.

If you take the time to research water heaters based on these criteria, you’ll reap the benefits later in lower energy bills and more reliable service over time.  For more information about selecting water heaters, check out our fact sheet.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website.

Topics: water heaters, energy efficiency, replacing a water heater, energy efficient water heater

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