When you realize that your hot water heater is actually producing more of a tepid flow and repairs are not appropriate, it is obviously time to choose a new unit. However, today there are many different water heaters to choose from. Fortunately, you can choose the right model for your home by knowing what factors are the most important.
Have You Considered The Size Of Your Family Both Today And Next Year?
One common mistake when choosing a new water heater is often to simply replace it with the same size as the unit that needs to be removed. The problem with that is that if you see your family size shrinking or increasing in the future, you may be able to make a significant change to the size of the water heater without feeling any pain from doing so.
If the kids are about to move out or you are just starting your family, the size of your water heater can impact your utility costs. Obviously, heating large amounts of water that you do not need is wasting money, and waiting between baths or laundry for the hot water to replenish is frustrating at best.
Have You Considered Both The Purchase Cost And Usage Fees?
Another mistake that is easy to make occurs when you think you are saving money by just buying the water heater that is on sale. If you really want to save money on heating your water in the future, you should consider the energy efficiency of each unit.
It only makes sense that by reducing your costs each month, the savings over a decade can be very impressive. Do not fall into the trap of a low cost and higher electrical or gas use later on.
What About a Tankless Water Heater?
Whether you have a big family, love hot showers or simply want to know that you always have an almost endless supply of hot water at your fingertips, the tankless hot water heater may be the best choice. It works by heating the water as it goes through the pipes, instead of storing it in a tank and then moving it through the pipes.
It is an expensive investment, but you would never need to wait more than a few seconds for your hot water to appear.
In conclusion, choosing a new water heater is no longer as easy as it was just a few years ago. By knowing what factors are important and being aware of how they will apply to your home, you can plan for many more years of comfortable heated and affordable water throughout your home.Share
10 August 2015
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