Your home’s water heater is crucial for nightly dishes, showers, and other everyday hot water needs. But when your current water heater unit goes kaput, you must know how to choose the right water heater for your home. Let’s take a closer look.
Research Water Heater Fuel Sources
First, consider the different water heater fuel sources your new heater might utilize. These include:
- Electricity – Electric water heaters for homes need 240 V electrical connections and are often less expensive compared to other heaters.
- Gas or propane – These heaters require electricity for pilot light activation and use a burner to heat water. They tend to be more expensive than electric water heaters but also more energy efficient.
- Heat pumps or hybrid water heaters – These use electricity and other fuel sources at the same time. Some use energy from the air to heat the water, so they tend to be a little larger compared to electric heaters. They are more expensive upfront but can be more energy efficient and cost-effective in the long run.
Consider Heater Type and Size
You’ll also want to think about the right water heater type and size for your home. Different water heater types can include:
- Heat pump water heaters that move heat from one place to the other
- Solar water heaters
- Tankless water heaters that heat water on demand rather than storing up hot water beforehand
- Conventional storage water heaters, which have a reservoir of hot water and are often ideal for big families or large homes with a lot of water use
The larger your water heater, the better it is if you and your family frequently use hot water. However, larger water heaters take up additional space in your home and may incur higher energy bills depending on the type.
Make Sure the Heater is Energy Efficient
Don’t forget to check whether your new water heater will be energy efficient! Energy-efficient water heaters are good for the environment and your wallet.
That’s because energy-efficient heaters have less effect on your monthly energy bill, helping you save money over time. On top of that, depending on where you live and the water heater you choose, you can take advantage of tax credits and other federal incentives. Your water heater contractor can help recommend the perfect energy-efficient device for your new system.
The Price Should Be Right
If you’re still stumped or looking for the best water heater for your home, Stevens Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning can help! Our experts will analyze your home, recommend water heater replacements, and even tackle installation for you.
Give us a call or schedule an appointment today to begin the process and receive a free estimate.