A water heater is a basic necessity in every American household. It is the third-largest source of energy expenses in homes and consists of about 18% of the total energy bill. This is the reason why one needs to think carefully before choosing a water heater for their home.
Here are some valuable tips to help you select the right water heater.
Replace Your Older Hot Water Heater, Now
Regardless of the type of water heater, the average life expectancy of a water heater is about 10 to 15 years. If your water heater has lasted for over 10 years, know that it is time to call a plumbing specialist and get it checked. He will not only tell you about any problems in your water heating system, but also help you replace it if needed. It is best to replace an old water heater before it starts malfunctioning and causing trouble.
Don’t wait until the last moment to buy a new water heater. Explore all your options beforehand to avoid any unexpected emergencies.
Types of Hot Water Heaters
There are many types of water heaters available on the market — conventional, tankless, heat pump, solar-powered and condensing. You can opt for a conventional water heater with an insulated storage tank that acts as a reservoir of hot water. Or you can go for a tankless or on-demand water heater that heats water instantaneously for use. Carefully consider lifestyle needs and budget before selecting a water heater for your home.
Size of Hot Water Heater
Don’t forget to consider the size of your family when making the purchase! If you have a big family, you will need a water heater that can provide hot water for simultaneous use at all times. Storage water heaters are more effective in such cases. However, if you want a solution that’s more energy-efficient and needs less space, tankless water systems are the best!
Tankless Water Heaters vs. Indirect Water Heaters
Make sure you do not confuse an on-demand (tankless) water heater with an indirect (tankless coil) water heater while making the purchase. Unlike tankless water heaters that provide hot water on demand, an indirect water heater uses a boiler to heat the water and then circulates it in the storage tank. For people living in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, heat pump water heaters and indirect water heaters are the most popular options.
Installing Your New Water Heater
Are you planning on installing a water heater in your home? You need the help of a trusted installer who has both experience and knowledge and can provide you with an efficient and timely service. Count on our team at Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to find the best solutions for your heating needs!