Tips for Choosing the Best Water Heater

Buying a water heater doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It is important to decide your needs and wants prior to your search. Here are some tips to help you decide which type of hot water heater is best for you.

Energy Efficient vs. Gas Water Heaters

If you want to cut your utility bill, the best hot water heater choice for you would be an energy-efficient heater. However, gas water heaters actually cost less to run because of the condensing technology to boost thermal efficiency. Thermal efficiency is a measure of the amount of fuel actually converted to hot water rather than wasted.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are efficient but are not for everyone.  They can save space but not hot water. Hot water is not stored in the tank, like the common water heater.  If you have a large household where mom is washing the dishes and running a load of laundry at the same time, there will not be enough hot water to run the shower soon after. Tankless heats on demand, unlike a tank water heater which stores the heated water until you use it.  If you are a single person in a small apartment, then the tankless would be great and very efficient.

Gas Water Heaters vs. Electric Water Heaters

Natural gas water heaters cost more to buy and install, however, they may save consumers more money in utility bills over time.  They heat water at about one-third the cost of an electric water heater.  Gas heaters also heat the water faster than an electric water heater. Electric water heaters cost less to buy but are more costly to operate.  Water is heated more slowly by electricity.

Water Heater Size

When it comes to the size of a water heater, 40 gallons is the minimum size tank for two people.  For a larger household, 50 gallons is a better investment.  If you have a bathroom that is farther from the rest of the bathrooms in your home, it is often better to have two water heaters to minimize the heat loss through the water lines.  Another option is to use a tankless for the larger bathroom that is further from the rest of the house.

Quality Installation

Also, when installing water heaters, the most important thing to remember is getting a certified installer to install your water heater.  A plumber with experience is worth the extra cost.  Nothing is more frustrating then getting something installed and not having a warranty for the installation.  Crawford Mechanical warrants everything we install for a year.  So the next time you are in need of a minor repair or replacing your water heater, give Crawford Mechanical a call: 478-9424.


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