Whether you’ve just taken an unexpectedly cold shower, discovered a flood in your home or simply want to decrease your energy usage to reduce costly bills, if you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may be surprised to find out there’s a lot to consider.
There are a variety of different water heaters to choose from:
- Storage tank units, or conventional units, are the most common and consist of an insulted tank where water is heated and stored until needed.
- A tankless unit does not store heated water but instead utilizes heating coils to heat water when it is needed.
- Heat pump water heaters, or hybrid units, use heat from the air or ground around it to heat water. Electricity is used to move heat rather than directly create it.
You’ll also need to determine if your home is equipped for a gas, electric or solar-powered heater.
Just like when it comes to heating and cooling systems, finding the right size water heater matters. The capacity of your water heater will likely depend on the size of your home and the number of people using water. For example, if you have a large house where multiple people shower, do dishes or do laundry at the same time, you’ll require a larger water heater than someone with a small house who only uses hot water for one task at a time. By working with a certified professional, you can ensure you choose the right size water heater for your family’s needs.
From taking a hot shower to washing the dishes, heating water usually accounts for 20% of your home’s energy usage. The Department of Energy recently developed a new industry standard for measuring water heater efficiency called Uniform Energy Factor (UEF). The higher the UEF, the more energy efficient the unit is. Oftentimes, a more energy efficient model will cost more upfront but will allow you to save over time on energy bills. Taking into consideration the energy efficiency, the size of the unit and the fuel source, a professional can help you to determine the most cost-efficient solution.
Water heaters play an important role in your day-to-day comfort and with the right warranty, you may be able to fix or replace a part at no cost to you. Pay careful attention to the warranty offered on your equipment including the length, coverage details and cost. In some cases, it may even be worth it to consider the extended warranty to safeguard your equipment as long as possible.
Unfortunately, many people don’t replace their water heater until it’s too late. Consider upgrading your water heater before disaster strikes in order to avoid discomfort or costly home repairs.
A trusted HVAC company can help you navigate the water heater selection process. If you’re in the Akron or Canton, Ohio areas, give Crown a call to get started.