Your home water heater is essential for your comfort, whether you are washing the dishes or taking a shower. Plus, it can have a significant impact on your energy bills. Did you know that heating water can consume as much as 20% of your home’s energy costs?
If it’s time to replace your old water heater, you must consider the right things to find the best one for your home. Here are the essential factors to consider when buying a water heater.
Fuel is the first thing you need to consider whether you want to use the same fuel source as your old water heater or switch to a new one. If you don’t want to switch, you need to look for a new water heater that uses the same fuel source.
If you don’t mind switching, you need to know the types of fuel sources: electricity, natural gas, propane, or geothermal. You have to choose the one that is available in your region. Also, note that fuel influences your energy bills, unlike anything else, so choose the one that fits your bills.
New water heaters are larger in size due to increased insulation, so you need to choose one that fits in your existing space. Accommodating home water isn’t just about the size of the space. You need to also factor in the venting space to avoid your water heater from suffocating or overheating. If there’s a lack of ventilation around your water heater, it can even be potentially dangerous for your home and family. Plus, your water heater needs to be easily connected to the right power sources and supply lines.
Water heaters come in two types: tank and tankless. The most common home water heaters are tank water heaters, where the heated water is physically stored within tanks. Tank water heaters are economical, have lower upfront costs, and can accommodate steady high water demands.
As for tankless water heaters, they heat water on demand without storing any water in tanks. They are eco-friendly, provide a continuous supply of hot water, and are more compact in size; however, they have higher upfront costs than tank water heaters.
Another critical factor you need to consider when choosing your next home water heater is how much water you use daily. Your water heater must meet your usage requirements efficiently, without being stressed. If you choose an undersized water heater and make it work harder, it will have a shorter lifespan. The ideal size for tank water heaters is 20-60 gallons of tank storage. You need to consider the gallon per minute capacity for tankless water heaters, which varies from household to household.
Choosing a water heater for your home requires a lot of careful thinking, but it need not be difficult for you. LG Home Comfort can make it easier for you by helping you choose and install the right water heater that is energy-efficient, cost-effective, and user friendly. Contact us now to know more.