If you are like many other homeowners, you take your water heater for granted. You may not realize its importance until it is no longer working and providing your family with hot water. Water heaters are not meant to last forever. On average, a traditional water heater has a lifespan of 10 years, so there will most likely come a time when you need to replace yours. You do have the option of replacing your water heater with the same make and model, but knowing all of your options is smart. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing your new water heater.
You may be surprised by how many different water heater types are available. Again, you can choose the exact same type as the one you are replacing, but it is best to understand all of your options before choosing one.
A traditional water heater is also called a storage tank or conventional water heater, which includes a large tank that stores the hot water for your home.
A tankless water heater is like the name suggests, since it does not have a tank. These models are also called demand water heaters because they heat water on demand.
A heat pump water heater is also an option to consider. These models do have a storage tank, but they heat water using your home's heating system.
Not only are there different types, but each type will need to be fueled or powered. The type of fuel or power necessary will affect the cost of heating water.
If your water heater requires fuel, you will need to refill your fuel periodically to ensure you have an adequate supply for heating water. If your water heater is powered by electricity, you will pay for heating water in your energy bill each month.
Another factor to consider is how efficient each make/model/fuel/power source will be for your home. Efficiency is important for a few reasons. Not only will you want an efficient water heater that is affordable, but you will also want to ensure your water heater offers a sufficient supply of hot water for your family.
Even conventional water heaters with a storage tank should be sized specifically for your home and family size.
Since tankless models only heat water on demand, fuel or energy is only required when heating water, not continuously, which occurs with a standard water heater. This on-demand water heater ensures your family has a continuous supply of hot water even though less fuel/energy is used.
Finally, a heat pump water heater, which works along with your heating system, pulls heat from the room's air, transferring it to the water heater to heat your household's water supply. This is also an energy-efficient option to consider for your family. Contact a water heater installation service for more assistance.