Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Water Heater

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When you are purchasing a new water heater, there are many considerations that you have to take into account. This helpful guide will give you a better understanding of what to look for when choosing a new water heater. Please visit https://www.reliancehomecomfort.com/waterheaters/Pages/default.aspx for more information.


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Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Water Heater:

Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Water Heater by Reliance Home Comfort


Introduction With so many different types of water heaters on the market today, it can get quite complicated to determine what model to go for . Should you give the preference to units with a storage tank or without? Should you choose a heater that works fast or that’s energy efficient? If there was only 1 criterion to pay attention to, it would be the type of energy source you want your water heater to run on as that choice will impact all the other factors. In general, there are 5 sorts of fuel available : electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, solar power and geothermal energy.

Electric Water Heaters:

Electric Water Heaters If you end up buying an electric model, you can be certain that the installation will go smoothly and that you will have access to a lot of different models. You can also count on having a huge storage volume at your disposal. One other pro in favor of this source of energy is the fact that it requires no venting . However , it does take more time to have the water heat up compared to other choices of fuel.

Gas Units:

Gas Units Unlike electric models, water heaters that use natural gas can’t be placed anywhere in the house as they need venting and a direct access to the feed pipe . Another requirement is that you can’t use one if your area is not supplied with natural gas. With that being said , there’s a big advantage that comes with using this sort of unit: with gas , it only takes an instant to heat water to the desired temperature .

Fuel Oil Water Heaters:

Fuel Oil Water Heaters If you’re short on space , fuel oil water heaters are an option to consider . While electric models can be huge and bulky, fuel oil units don’t need that big of a tank as they generate hot water at the snap of a finger (even more quickly than natural gas). The biggest downside of this energy source is that you’ll be dependent on fuel deliveries . Just forget to contact your usual provider when you’re running low and you could be stuck at home with no way to have hot water or to stay warm.

Solar Powered Units:

Solar Powered Units If you view your new purchase as an investment and have some cash to spare upfront, solar power may be your best option. While the installation of the heater is more expensive than other types of units, using solar power will save you more money in the long run because you will not have to pay utility bills . No, all your heating needs will be provided for free. While you may also benefit from tax credits with these , it might not be a great choice if you live in a region where the sun isn’t shining most of the time. With all the equipment you will need , you will also have to spend more time with the upkeep .

Geothermal Energy:

Geothermal Energy Last but not least, geothermal energy offers another green solution to choose from. Using electricity to pump heat from the air , it allows you to have warm water at a fraction of what it would cost you if you had to actually heat all that volume through electric means. Geothermal systems are also very durable (lasting about 30 years ) and highly efficient . However , as with solar panels, the installation costs are very high . So, once again , this is an option for the long run as you will not start being profitable until about a decade in.


Conclusion In your search for the perfect water heater for your home, you now know that you first have to identify the energy source you want to rely on. Electricity, natural gas, solar power and heat pumps all have their pros and cons. In the end, it’s a matter of deciding how much you’re willing to pay for your unit and your monthly budget afterwards. Once that part has been taken care of, the rest should fall into place by itself. If, despite our explanation, you still have questions about this matter, meet us on the next page.

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